A picture of a woman’s corpse along with a wedding card from an interfaith marriage has taken both Twitter and Facebook by storm. While sharing these photos, users have been claiming that they show the end result of all ‘love jihad’ cases in the form of the murder of a Hindu girl. The wedding card has the name of the couple allegedly involved in this incident, Prerna Vyas and Sameer Khan. Netizens have been sharing photos and writing things like, “Love Jihad’s last stop… Death.” Twitter user @Aapki_Lekhika had shared these photos on her account with this message on September 11. Her tweet garnered more than 6,000 likes and had been retweeted 3,700 times before it was deleted. (Archived link to the tweet)
These pictures were shared with the same claim by another Twitter account with ‘Hindu Jagran Manch Bareilly Braj Prant’ as its display name.
A Facebook page titled ‘His Highness Copy-Pastia Baba’ had also posted these pictures with this claim.
When we did a reverse image search of the photograph of the dead woman, we came across a report by DNA from September 12, 2018. According to this report, a young woman’s body had been recovered in the Burdwan district of West Bengal on August 31, 2018. The girl’s face had been crushed with a stone. During the post-mortem, two phone numbers written in henna were found on the victim’s body. Tracing these numbers led the police to a person named Karan Singh, a resident of Mumbai. When he was shown a picture of the corpse, Singh told the police that the girl’s name was Jahana Khatoon and she was from Muzaffarpur, Bihar. He and Jahana were in love with each other. However, her family was unhappy with their relationship. Singh said that Jahana’s father made her end her relationship with Karan and tried to force her to come back home with them to Muzaffarpur. After getting this information, the police reached Jahana’s house in Muzaffarpur. There, they came to know that she had been taken to Kolkata by her father and brother a few days earlier. Singh had also told the police that Jahana’s father Md Mushtaque and brother Md Jahid lived in Kolkata’s Park Circus area where they both worked as drivers.
The police then arrested the father-son duo from Park Circus on September 9, 2018. During the interrogation, Md Mushtaque broke down and confessed that he was the one who had killed Jahana. Md Jahid was quoted as saying in the report, “We brought her to Kolkata and we had also made up our mind to get Karan and Jahana married. While we were on the way back with Jahana, my father said that we should kill her. While I was driving, my father took a rope which was inside the car and strangulated her. Later he asked me to stop the car and he dumped the body off the road and mutilated her head with a stone.”
Apart from this, the image of the wedding card clearly shows the date of Sameer Khan and Prerna Vyas’s wedding as October 22, 2019. Therefore, it cannot be linked in any way to the West Bengal incident from 2018. The picture of this wedding card has, in fact, been circulating on social media since October 2019.
To sum it up, a case of ‘honour’ killing in 2018 is being shared on social media with false claims that a Hindu woman was murdered as a result of ‘love jihad’. Furthermore, this 2018 incident has nothing to do with an interfaith marriage that was held in October 2019.
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