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‘Eminent’ People Used Image Of An Injured Girl From Another Incident And Connected It To BHU

Published on 24 September, 2017 at 9:29 pm By

Fake news is something that is increasingly becoming a major concern for the society the world over. Such is the situation that even Facebook has a special section aimed at helping users to spot fake news. While most of the fake news comes from unverified WhatsApp forwards, which then makes its way to social media, it is alarming to note that some of the most responsible individuals often forget to verify the information before posting it on their social media handles. Politicians and journalists, especially, are the number one offenders among persons of influence who indulge, whether intentionally or inadvertently, in spreading fake news.


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It is disturbing that such individuals do not care to verify information in their quest to take a shot at their political or ideological opponent. The best case in point is how some influential politicians, ‘intellectuals’ and journalists passed around a picture from a deplorable incident of violence on a woman claiming that it was from the ongoing agitation in BHU.

As of now, the lathi charge on female students at BHU is being discussed and debated on social media. Students in BHU are protesting against an alleged eve-teasing incident of Thursday. According to reports, the protestors wanted to meet the VC last night. They were prevented by the police, which then allegedly resorted to lathi charge.

Sensing an opportunity to score brownie points against the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, some prominent individuals started circulating an image showing an injured girl. All of them labelled her as one of the victims of the lathi charge.

 


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But this is the reality of the picture. The girl is from Lakhimpur-Kheri in UP and she was allegedly attacked by a youth.

 

Many other influencers on Twitter condemned this spread of false information on a very serious matter:

 

All of them apologized for posting the fake image and took their tweets down. But that is not the end of the story.

A website which claims to bust fake news published an article on the same mentioning the names who posted the image but at the same time defended the influencers by stating that “at a time when one is outraged about an incident, it is easy to fall prey to fake images”. They concluded the article by writing that “we are glad to see that in this case, many have regretted their mistake and tweeted about it”. It should be noted that the same website had hounded Anshul Saxena over a meat angle in the Muzaffarnagar gang-rape incident even though Saxena accepted his error after the police pointed it out.

Twitterati thus charged the so-called ‘fake news’ busters for not commenting on this matter the same way they do when someone from the BJP-related camp or pro-government media does the same thing.


It should be noted that people are condemning the lathi charge on the students.


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