With news of violent clashes between protesters and police at the Jamia Milia Islamia in New Delhi, a photograph has been shared widely on social media, showing a young man in a burqa.
#जामिया_मिल्लिया की एक प्रदर्शनकारी महिला जब आगजनी और पत्थरबाजी करते हुये पकड़ी गई।
तो अंदर से ऐसी निकली।
बड़ा टेलेंट है यार
#जामिया_मिल्लिया की एक प्रदर्शनकारी महिला जब आगजनी और पत्थरबाजी करते हुये पकड़ी गई। तो अंदर से ऐसी निकली।बड़ा टेलेंट है यार (A female protester of Jamia Milia caught indulging in arson and stone pelting. What talent- translation). This is the message with which the photograph has been posted by numerous Facebook users.
Apart from Facebook, the photograph has been shared widely on Twitter with the same text. It has also been shared with a different message- जो सलमा बनकर जामिया दिल्ली में दंगे करवा रही थी वो अंदर से सलीम चचा निकले ।.
जो सलमा बनकर जामिया दिल्ली में दंगे करवा रही थी वो अंदर से सलीम चचा निकले । 😂 pic.twitter.com/GgDknNfpmC
— Sapna 🇮🇳 (@Oye_Lolwa) December 16, 2019
The below tweet, by a verified account, has been retweeted over 1800 times so far.
— Ashish Merkhed (आशिष मेरखेड) (@AshishMerkhed) December 16, 2019
Several users of the official Alt News app have requested verification of this image.
The photograph has also been shared along with photos of one of the female protesters, claiming that the two are the same.
सोची समझी साजिश, केजरीवाल चुप उसका मंत्री अमानतुल्लाह खान दंगे भड़का रहा है।#जामिया_मिल्लिया की एक प्रदर्शनकारी महिला #आगजनी और #पत्थरबाजी करते हुये पकड़ी गई।
पुलिस ने जब गहराई से जांच की तो टोंटी धारी #अब्दुल निकला। pic.twitter.com/JxCspA8yub#IsupportCAB2019
— Sonu Zood Mundri 🔱 (@SonuZood) December 16, 2019
FACT CHECK: OLD IMAGE FROM EGYPT
Alt News found that the photograph in question in not recent thus does not pertain to the protest at the Jamia Milia Islamia.
Using the reverse-image search technique, Alt News found this photograph along with a set of similar photos showing this young man in a burqa. These images were found on a news website from Egypt, Sharkia Today. It may be noted the report is dated August 25, 2017, and is titled, ‘A young man disguises himself as a woman to kidnap children in the gathering, and the people hand him over to the police’ (translated from Arabic). The incident had occurred in Cairo. Alt News found another news report on the same incident.
In this report, Alt News found the same photograph which has been doing the rounds.
It may thus be noted that the above image dates back to at least 2017, and is not related to the recent protest at the Jamia Milia Islamia.