There was massive outrage on social media after the news of lathicharge by the police on students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) broke out. The students were protesting against the molestation of a student but the protest took an ugly turn and a number of students were injured in police action. With tempers running high, many images of injured students were shared on social media users commenting on women’s safety under the BJP government. At times like this, fake images and fake news raise their ugly head. Several politicians and journalists fell victim to one such fake image.

The fake image was shared by several people including Prashant Bhushan, Sanjay Singh, Ashok Gehlot, Mrinal Pandey and Swati Chaturvedi, to name a few.

The above image is from an incident in Lakhimpur Khiri where a girl was attacked by a stalker. The image was published by Jagran and News 18.

As the image went viral on Twitter, Alt News alerted the users that the image was fake.

Many of those who had tweeted or retweeted the image, deleted their tweets and some even apologized for the same.

At a time when one is outraged about an incident, it is easy to fall prey to fake images. In this case, it is a fact that there were injuries to students due to a police lathicharge. This was perhaps used by someone to share an unrelated image of a more serious injury to whip up passions. We have seen this happen frequently on social media when someone shares an image or video of an unrelated incident to whip up passions and many people inadvertently believe it to be true. It is therefore it is important to verify that the source of the image is reliable before sharing it further, particularly if the image is violent or gruesome in nature. If you find yourself unknowingly sharing an image that is a fake, there is nothing wrong in admitting it. We are glad to see that in this case, many have regretted their mistake and tweeted about it.

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