An explicit video that shows a fitness instructor touching a woman inappropriately in a public gym is being shared with a ‘love Jihad’ spin.

Twitter user @VishwajiS quote-tweeted the video posted by Akash RSS (archived link). Alt News has documented multiples instances of misinformation promoted by Akash RSS in the past. “Hindus are happy that his wife, daughter and daughter-in-law visit the gym. But peacefuls (derogatory term used for Muslims) gradually trap them in love jihad by behaving inappropriately and touching their bodies. They cause a rift in married lives and destroy Hindu families. Beware, wake up Hindus!” read the tweet by @VishwajiS.

(Translated from हिन्दू खुश है कि उसकी पत्नी, बेटी, बहू जिम जाती है । वहां पर शांति दूत कितनी बेहूदा हरकतें करके और उनके शरीर को स्पर्श करके उनको धीरे-धीरे #लव_जिहाद में डालते हैं l वैवाहिक जीवन में आग लगाकर के हिंदू परिवारों का सर्वनाश कर रहे हैं l सावधान हिंदू जागो.)

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‘Love Jihad’ is a far-right conspiracy theory claiming Muslim men entice Hindu women in marriage to convert them to Islam. The video has been shared against the backdrop of the Madhya Pradesh government announcing that a ‘love jihad’ bill will soon be introduced in the state assembly to award five years of rigorous imprisonment to ‘perpetrators’. The state home minister added that the charge will be cognizable and non-bailable. As per reports, BJP governments in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are also contemplating legal provisions against ‘love jihad’.

Twitter user @Real_Kanak_ shared the viral video with a similar claim. It gained over 1,000 views. (archived link)

Another Twitter user @vickywadhwani posted this video and suggested that legislation against ‘love jihad’ should be implemented by the central government. “This is how gyms and unisex salons have become the centre for ‘love jihad’. Like Uttar Pradesh, the central government should also implement some law regarding this.”

(जिम और यूनसेक्स सलून किस तरह लव जिहाद का केंद्र बन चुके है उत्तर प्रदेश की तरह केंद्र सरकार को कुछ ना कुछ क़ानून लाना चाइए इस बारे मैं)

Random video available on porn sites made viral

Alt News performed a reverse image search using video verification browser plugin InVID and found that the viral video was posted by several websites in 2017. One of them was a Ukrainian-website that embedded the same video from the Russian social networking website VK.

It was uploaded on YouTube on March 22, 2017 with Arabic text.

A verified YouTube channel El Pio RD also uploaded the clip in 2017. El Pio RD is a Spanish-language social media account that creates viral content by mixing videos of celebrities with voice-overs. After the video in question ends, EL Pio RD plays a segment of basketball star LeBron James along with Spanish voice over. The channel had also posted the clip on its Instagram page in 2017.

The video has also been uploaded on pornographic websites across the years.

At least a three-year-old explicit video was shared with a ‘love jihad’ spin by several supporters of the BJP. Alt News has debunked many instances of misinformation made viral with ‘love jihad’ in the past.

The video debunked in this report was also uploaded on Daily Motion in March with the false claim that the woman is Bollywood actor Disha Patani.

In August, the same clip was shared by ‘Sanjay Dwivedy Hindu Mahavir‘ drawing over 12 lakh views.

Update:

After this article was published, a Twitter user commented that the video was shot in Trinidad and Tobago. “Two professional trainers Imran and Reshma” made the clip, he wrote.

Imran has a Facebook page where they keep uploading workout videos. The one viral was posted on April 25, 2017.

 

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Speaking with Alt News Imran confirmed, “The woman in the video is my wife and we are from the same faith.”

 

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Archit is a graduate in English Literature from The MS University of Baroda. He also holds a post-graduation diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. Since then he has worked at Essel Group's English news channel at WION as a trainee journalist, at S3IDF as a fundraising & communications officer and at The Hindu as a reporter. At Alt News, he works as a fact-checking journalist.