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Viral lies: exposed

Misinformation through whatsapp forwards —videos and photos — spreads like wildfire. Here is our compilation of fake whatsapp videos that went viral and the reality behind these distorted facts

What was shown- AIMIM chief and MP from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi recently claimed at a political rally that the India Gate in New Delhi has the names of over 95,300 freedom fighters inscribed on it, of which 65 percent of the names (61,945, according to the claim) are of Muslims. But, according to the sources, this claim is false. India Gate is a monument that commemorates the fallen Indian soldiers of World War 1. Moreover, no distinction has been made on the basis of caste and/or religion with regard to these names.

What was shown- A photograph of a giant skeleton was shared on social media with the claim that the skeleton of Ghatotkach, the son of Bheem in Mahabharata, was excavated in Kurukshetra. This claim has been circulated on Facebook as well. But,  the photo of the gigantic skeleton circulating on social media, claiming that it is Ghatotkach’s skeleton is actually the sculpture Calamita Cosmica made by Italian artist Gino de Dominicis in 1998.

What was shown: The 30-second clip is viral on WhatsApp and Facebook with the caption, “Dongri building fall live captured video.” claiming that a multistorey building collapsed in South Mumbai’s Dongri area of 16/7/2019. But the video was 6 years old and building showed in the video was actually a four- storeyed residential building named Banoo Apartments housing around 42 families collapsed in Mumbra, Maharashtra on September 21, 2013.

What was shown: An image of an excerpt from a textbook, listing the “advantages of dowry”, is viral on social media with the claim that it’s a part of the syllabus under Gujarat Board of Education. The official Twitter account of All India Mahila Congress was among those who shared the image and wrote, “Ugly display of Gujarat Model …..Teaching kids “Advantages of dowry” Social science textbook excerpt is BJP’s idea of women empowerment. We want to remind CMO, Gujarat about Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 and by IPC 498a, the offence is Cognizable, non-compoundable and non-bailable”. The tweet is now deleted. But, the paper is not a part of Gujarat Education Board syllabus but was in news in 2017 when the excerpt was reported to be found in the sociology study material of Bangalore’s St Josephs College.