Photographs of an injured child are circulating on social media with the claim that she was hurt in West Bengal during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The viral message reads, “The face of Bengal today. Remember this. Remember this before you come out in support of the “protesters”. And remember that with each syllable you utter to justify something like this, you become as much of a monster as the ones who did this.”
The images have also been shared on Twitter.
The face of Bengal today.
Remember this. Remember this before you come out in support of the “protesters”. And remember that with each syllable you utter to justify something like this, you become as much of a monster as the ones who did this. pic.twitter.com/bqSqV3ONud
— Phoenix The FireBird (@Andec_Tanker) December 14, 2019
— Masroor (@masrooralam) December 15, 2019
IMAGES FROM BANGLADESH
A reverse-search of the photograph on Yandex led us an article on the website studycareer.com which said that the child was hurt in a train accident in Bangladesh and was separated from her family.
A keywords search on Google took us to several reports from Bangladesh. According to The Business Standard, the toddler was identified as two-and-half-year-old Mahima “who was returning home on Udayan Express with her mother Kakoli in Himechar upazila of Chandpur. But she lost her mother as the Dhaka-bound Turna Nishta crashed into the train at Mandabhag Railway Station on Dhaka-Sylhet route.”
The incident took place on November 12. At least 16 people were killed in the accident and dozens injured as two intercity trains – Udayan Express and Turna Nishita – collided in Brahmanbaria’s Kasba.
According to Daily Bangladesh, “The child was rushed to Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital after the train accident. At that time, no people were found identified as her relatives. The picture of a bloodied child with a bandage over his head goes viral through social media to find an identity.”
Photographs of a child hurt in a train accident in Bangladesh are circulating on social media in the wake of anti-CAB protests. Earlier, an unrelated image of an injured woman was shared to discredit the protest.
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