On January 6, a day after the recent attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by masked assailants armed with lathis and iron rods, several social media users posted two images of sex toys with the claim that these belong to students of JNU.

Twitter user @Shubham85395292 posted the images and said, “Last evening, after the violence on JNU campus, student’s precious property was damaged including condoms and sex toys (Translated from – कल शाम JNU विश्वविद्यालय में तोडफ़ोड़ के दौरान छात्रों के कुछ कीमती वस्तुओं को नुकसान पहुंचाया गया जिसमे कॉन्डोम और सेक्स टॉयज शामिल)”

These images are viral on Facebook and Twitter.

FACT-CHECK

IMAGE 1

On doing a reverse image on Google, Alt News found that this image was posted by Reddit user Reed_Himself in 2015. He has described it as, “I walk out to the dumpster and luckly the trash was taken out this morning so the dumpster only had 3 bags in it. I hop in and rip open the first one, nothing, second one nothing. The third was mostly the same but I notice a brown grocery bag and I look inside. Its full of condoms, fuzzy handcuffs, toy cleaner, vibrators, and all sorts of stuff. So i think to myself that cant be it, in my mind I was looking for a tote bag or backpack. I hope out of the dumpster empty handed and go back to the front desk.”

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Alt News ran the second image on Google’s reverse image search and found that this image was uploaded by pscully, a user on Imgur, on February 2018. They wrote, “I inspect foreclosed homes and this is a room I walked into recently.”

Therefore, the images on social media viral with the claim that sex toys and condoms were found inside JNU campus is false.

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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.