A gruesome video is currently being circulated on social media platforms, which shows a young woman being lynched by a mob and set on fire in the middle of a street. It has been claimed that this “Hindu girl (was) burnt alive in Madhya Pradesh because she attended a Prayer meeting in a Christian Church”.
Alt News found that this video has been circulated with the aforementioned claim over the past few days. Several individual users have posted the video on their timelines. It has also likely been shared on WhatsApp, as suggested by the number of unconnected Facebook accounts which has shared the video with an identical narrative. The message seeks to paint India as a place where the minority community is attacked with impunity in the absence of law and order.
VIDEO IS FROM GUATEMALA
This particular video has been circulating on social media for the past few years. Alt News had fact-checked it in 2017 and had found that it is from Guatemala in South America. The woman seen in the video was accused of having murdered a cab driver along with two male accomplices. She was apprehended by the mob and lynched. Her accomplices meanwhile had managed to escape. The incident had been covered extensively by the media when it had occurred in early 2015.
SHARED WITH INCENDIARY NARRATIVE
Alt News found that this claim i.e. a Hindu girl was burnt alive in Madhya Pradesh after she had attended a Christian prayer meeting, has been floating on social media since at least December 2016. Earlier, the same video had been shared with the claim that it represented a Marwari woman who had married a Muslim man and was lynched because she refused to wear a burqa.
Grisly videos which are available online are shared on social media with false narratives, in order to incite passions in a most diabolical manner. Social media users are advised to be extremely circumspect with regard to such content.
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