A news report is currently being circulated widely by some sections on social media. According to this report, a 14-year old girl was raped inside a mosque by a cleric and a shopkeeper in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh. The report states that the mosque falls under the Bhagwatpur police station area. This news report has been published by some websites such as www.newsbytesapp.com, www.mijaaj.com and www.gnsnews.co.in. NewsbytesApp was the first to publish this article, although it was later deleted. A copy of the NewsbytesApp article was put out by Yahoo News and it was quoted extensively on social media. These reports were published on April 14, 2018.

This report is being shared widely on social media. On Twitter, it was shared by right-wing users, who asked why this incident is being ignored by mainstream media organisations, with an obvious reference to the outrage over the gruesome incident in Kathua, J&K.

This news was shared by Prasanna Vishwanathan, who is the CEO of the right-wing magazine Swarajya who tweeted that cleric Nazir and shopkeeper Mohsin who allegedly committed the crime are absconding.

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit was among those who tweeted about it, as did those who are followed on Twitter by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Each of these tweets was retweeted hundreds of times.

Alt News fact checked this report and discovered that the said incident is not recent, but had in fact occurred in 2015. Indian Express had reported about this incident in August 2015.

Alt News also contacted Bhagwatpur police station, Moradabad where the complaint was reportedly lodged. Sanjay Tomar, Inspector, Bhagwatpur police station confirmed, “The case is of 2015. The case number is 237/15 and it was registered under section 376D of the IPC. It is not a recent incident”.

An old incident dating back to August 2015 was presented as a recent incident by some news websites, and this was picked up on social media by those who seek to rationalise the horrific incidents of Kathua and Unnao. Resorting to whataboutery and alleging bias in coverage by mainstream media, a false narrative is sought to be created and perpetuated by these sections through this attempt to mislead the people.

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PakChipak RajaBabu

The Nirbhaya rape incident and the revolutions that happened after it succeeded because people from all spheres of life came on the roads irrespective of their caste, creed, religion and other differences. However the social media now, and IT brigade of certain political parties are now hell bent on classifying each rape case according to survivor’s caste, creed, or religion. Thereby dividing people and not letting these crimes get attention they deserve.

Awanish Sharma
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Awanish Sharma

Congress and their PET media along with Alt news are hell bent to prove RAPE has religion, and for this we should be ashamed

Samar
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Samar

Kitni jalti hai jab gandagi saamne aati hai. Alt news is proving that rape has no religion. Here religion was used to rape. Deny this.

Danny
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Danny

Wait.. so what if it was old? Should people not be made aware of it to fight rape? You guys are sick.

Samar
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Samar

So what? Do you see a pattern here? ‘I m dirty, so i will dig dirt and put it on you’ mentality of these idiots is keeping ‘Danny’ hypnotized. Rape does not have religion. But here religion was used to rape. Deny this.

Ach k
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Ach k

Every rapist tells himself a lie to rationalise his wrong doings in his mid, does not mean he represents his religion.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ya.. People need to know.. but not as April 2018 case.. but as Aug 2015 case. You are sick.. understand that.

Vibhor
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Vibhor

Please share what happened in the said case? Were the accused given capital punishment or life imprisonment or what is the current status of the case?

Ach k
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Ach k

Even if old news it is authentic, did any one question god for not helping like they do today?

Rehaan
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Rehaan

this is what your fucking politics is that circulating fake news to divert minds

Aditya
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Aditya

So this incident b not highlighted? Seeems altnews portal is run by group of rapists.

Deepak
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Deepak

Read article again

Varun
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Varun

a rape is rape ..the brutality involved in it cant exhaust with time..we are ashamed even if it happened 2 years back.

Indian
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Indian

ok its old news but the girl raped inside masjid right. why dont you and your fake little website aware people who are abusing all hindus are rapist and abusing hindu gods.