A photograph with disturbing visuals accompanied by provocative text is currently circulating on social media. The Facebook page Ram Lalla Hum Ayenge Mandir Wahi Banayenge which has more than 560,000 followers has posted the following picture. According to the post, the Mamata Banerjee led TMC in West Bengal is persecuting the Hindu community in the state.

कट्टर हिन्दू इस पोस्ट को ज्यादा से ज्यादा शेयर एवं इस पेज को लाइक करें

Posted by राम लला हम आएंगे मंदिर वही बनाएंगे on Saturday, March 31, 2018

The text along with the picture says, “In West Bengal, TMC’s muslim politicians stripped our Hindu sisters and daughters naked and beat them mercilessly. Hindu girls were humiliated and their honour was publicly sullied. Slogans of Hindu Murdabad were chanted. Friends, please share this. What Hindus in Bengal are facing today, Hindus in the rest of India will face tomorrow” (translated). This message along the picture was posted on March 31 and has been shared more than 3600 times at the time of writing.

West Bengal has been rocked by violence after Ram Navami processions across the state turned violent leading to communal tension. The above image is being circulated at a time when the state is on the boil.

Is the claim true?

The claim that this brutality is the handiwork of Muslim political leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) is false. While the photograph is from West Bengal, it has nothing to do with the current tension in the state. In fact, it has nothing to do with religious communities. The photo was taken in 2014.

This news was reported in July 2014, and the incident had occurred near the village of Kaliabazar in West Bengal. A local ‘tantrik’ and two other men were thrashed by angry villagers after they were suspected of having raped and murdered a seven-year old girl. One of the persons had later succumbed to his injuries. The photograph was blurred out and a fake message was attached to it, which was subsequently shared on social media.

Alt News discovered that such rumours floating about on social media are not new, and that this same photograph has circulated earlier in 2015 and 2016 as well. In fact, Navbharat Times had published an article in April 2016 busting this false information.

Social media has of late been used as a catalyst to stir communal trouble in sensitive areas at key moments. With West Bengal remaining on the edge following the recent spurt in violence, such blatantly provocative and communal messages continue to keep the pot simmering and pose a challenge to efforts to maintain harmony and instill trust among citizens.

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7 Comments on "Old, unrelated photograph of mob assault in West Bengal circulates as attack on Hindu women"

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Awanish Sharma
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Again people have shared wrong photo but was the news incorrect that Hindus are being tortured in West Bengal, why not sharing what the correct news is their as well, why one sided, ALT NEWS SUPPORTS CONGRESS FUNDED TERRORISM, DO NOT DONATE MONEY TO ALT NEWS they are funded by PAPPU and its PARTY

Kumar
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Mr.Sharma, your inner conscious says that u visit altnews to find the truth, but your andh bhakti makes you write such comments. Introspect and try to become a informed and unbiased citizen

Awanish Sharma
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But your inner self says, though there are news of hindu being tortured in Bengal but you people try to hide that on pretext of old photo, I visit this site and write comment, that this sites runner are hypocrite and they support Congress agenda and trying hard to destabilize this country

Samar
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Arjun and your team – its high time you mention absolute truth. So far you have exposed liars. You need to expose the psychology and mindset of these liars. It is squarely based on hatred towards Islam and Muslims. You need to mention this. Lies, lies and lies – that’s what my fellow Hindu brothers and sisters are being fed to further polarise and establish ‘us and them’ divisive situation. These liars show absolutely no ownership of the lies they spread. Put a photo shopped photograph, spread it and delete it. Dear Hindus – is this what you want? Is… Read more »
Awanish Sharma
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Photos are not wrong this is from Wes Bengal read it again “While the photograph is from West Bengal, it has nothing to do with the current tension in the state” Muslims are torturing HINDU that is truth, please accept it you people have been low life and live in dream world that you guys will rule the world with terrorism, I can tell you till one people like me is alive you dream will be trashed, TRUTH is you have to understand this is country of humans no for terrorist

Samar
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So many strong words in your rant, but no substance at all. Even if be rational with you, i see nothing but a blind hatred filled victim rant. How divided are you in your mind! It shows. If you want to play the blame game, let me tell you that you are alone. Idiots from both sides are causing havoc and you rant on the other side? You are simple and childlike with absolutely no appetite for facts.

Rakesh Agrawal
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Theses morally and intellectually bankrupt morons will leave no stone untrun to throw this country into a communal flair, even manUttarakhnad they did it as they circulated a fake post on Facebook, showing a morphed photo & claimed that a Muslim man has raped a Hindu girl,that resulted into sanghis burning Rurdraprayag & Agastmuni towns!