On August 4, 2018, actor Koena Mitra tweeted an image of what appeared to be an extract from a newspaper, Sanjha Lokswami. It showed a rate list with a price tag put on non-Muslim women with an exhortation to lure them and convert them to Islam. The price ranged from Rs. 6 lakh for a Hindu Brahmin girl to Rs. 3 lakh for a Jain girl and Rs. 7 lakh for a Sikh girl. This information was in the form of an advertisement titled “लड़की भगाओ मुस्लिम बनाओ और इनाम पाओ” (Elope with a girl, convert her to Islam and gain a reward- translated).

Koena Mitra’s tweet has been retweeted almost 1900 times and liked more than 2100 times at the time of writing. Mitra tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the PMO asking if any action has been taken.

Mischievous, photoshopped image

The image that has been tweeted by Mitra is photoshopped, and this particular message has been circulating on social media and on WhatsApp for several years now. Alt News found that the earliest version of this dangerous provocation is on a blog titled ‘Sikh and Islam’ published on February 5, 2010. There are a number of clues in the image posted below which prove that it is fake.

Firstly, this poster has the phrase, “in the name of allah……most merciful, most benificiary, while the usual phrase used is “In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful“. Such a mistake would be unusual if this had actually been a pamphlet issued by an Islamic organisation. Moreover, it is the heart-shaped image at the top of the pamphlet that gives the most concrete evidence of this poster being a photoshopped one. The gun shaped image within the heart, is actually the flag of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’a Islamist militant group. The heart shaped image has been independently in circulation since 2006.

In June 2017, Times Now had broadcast a prime time story based on this old photoshopped picture with the claim that it was from Kerala, and with the hashtag #CaliphateConvertsHindus.

This message had also been circulated by various fake news sites like Hindutva.InfoJagruk Bharat and Hindu Existence in February 2016 and had also featured in Saamana, the mouthpiece of the Shiv Sena in 2010.

Such inciteful content is pervasive on social media and keeps circulating at regular intervals, with the objective of keeping communalism active and relevant.

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Adnan

Really good job by ALT News, there is really no reward in ISLAM for converting a girl to islam and moreover that conversion is invalid… I myself cannot convince hindu people that there is no such thing, yet the work behind this article is really appreciable… i didnt know about the hezbolla logo etc and also articles of these kind are obviously created by some silly people who do not like muslims, like mentioned at the end… keeping keeping communalism active…

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” Asalamalakum ” . Here it is written
‘ अस्सलामलेक्म ‘ or ‘ अस्लमालकुम ‘ which is wrong. ‘ अस्सलामोअलैकुम ‘ This is correct one.
It is Assalamoalaikum or Assalamualaikum or in short few people write A/S .

Sam
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Good job bro

Samar
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Shaayad Awanish Sharma aayega aur raga, kejriwal and non relevant baaton se altnews ko jhoots bataayega. 40 paise milenge toh chala jaayega.
Main phir se likhoonga ke
Dear Hindu brothers and sisters in humanity – you are also being fooled, perhaps more than us Muslims.

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Tantrik

Please don’t give her irrelevant people like her focus. She is just trying to regain her lost popularity by trying to be controversial. I don’t hate her but this is not the way to take regain fame.

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Nice and detailed information