Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence/Abuse. Graphic Imagery

Three pictures of a heavily injured woman have gone viral on social media. Right Wing political activist Sadhvi Prachi shared the images on Facebook with a caption that says, “….a Hindu communist girl named Ankita Vijay fell in love with Abdul and wanted to go to paradise. But Abdul showed her the view of hell. This is the love of Abdul Muslim….”

कन्वर्ट होकर मरना अच्छा है ना?
प्यार में मर जाए तो पानी में नहीं डूबता
अंकिता विजय नाम की कम्युनिस्ट हिन्दू लड़की को…

Posted by Sadhvi Prachi on Tuesday, 18 April 2023

A Twitter user named Azzat Alsaleem shared these images with a similar claim: ”A communist Hindu girl named Ankita Vijay fell in love with Abdul and wanted to go to heaven, but Abdul showed her hell while she was alive. This is the love of a Hindu-MusIim!Why people don’t learn a lesson from what is happening? An Abdul lS Abdul, no difference!”.

The tweet was later deleted, but not before it was retweeted close to 3,000 times and viewed nearly 1,80,000 times.

On Twitter, these images were shared by Right Wing influencer पुष्पेन्द्र कुलश्रेष्ठ. The tweet has over 1,30,000 views at the moment.

Several other Twitter and Facebook users have shared these images with the same claim. These can be viewed in the slideshow gallery below:

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Fact Check

By reverse-searching these images on Google, Alt News found media reports from March 2023 of Hindustan Times and The Indian Express. These reports are about Malayalam actor Anicka Vikhraman, who posted pictures of bruises on her body on Facebook and accused her ex-partner of mental and physical abuse.

The Facebook post is no longer available or the privacy setting has been changed, but part of the post can be read in the aforementioned media reports.

According to the news reports, Anicka had posted images of herself on Facebook with severe injuries, black eyes, and bruises. She wrote about her experience in detail and explained how, despite ending the relationship and moving on, she continues to get “threatening calls.”

CNN News18 also covered the incident. The clip of the same can be seen in their tweet below. The caption reads ”Actor Anicka Vikhraman Accuses Ex Anoop Pillai of Assaulting Her, Shares Pics of Bruises”.

Therefore, the woman injured in the pictures is not some Hindu communist girl named Ankita Vijay. She is actually a Malayalam actress named Anicka Vikhraman. According to media reports and her own admission, former partner Anoop Pillai had tortured her mentally and physically, and the bruises are a proof of that. No Muslim individual is involved in the case. Social media users have shared these disturbing images with communal claims, which are baseless and false.

Vansh Shah is an intern with Alt News.


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