Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi’s speech during Kisan Panchayat in Mathura was interrupted over an alleged rape case in Rajasthan where Congress is in power. A minor girl’s parents alleged their daughter was gang-raped in Bharatpur bordering UP. They were accompanied by a group of demonstrators chanting ‘beti ko nyay do’ (give justice to our daughter). The alleged rape victim and her family claimed that their efforts to demand justice for the past one-and-a-half years have been futile and they were also being threatened by the perpetrators’ family. It is noteworthy that one of the men seen protesting in the video is the one who had threatened Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad after the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras. The upper-caste man, along with others, was defending the accused.

Republic Bharat reported that according to its ‘sources’, the police arrested the protestors and Priyanka Gandhi left the venue without listening to the alleged rape survivor’s pleas.

The channel had also tweeted the report. Both are now deleted.

Republic Bharat deletes false report without clarification

Several media outlets reported that Priyanka Gandhi stopped her speech mid-way and got down from the stage to listen to the grievances of the protestors.

NDTV journalist Saurabh Shukla quote-tweeted Republic and wrote, “This report is incorrect. This is what happened: Priyanka Gandhi got down from the stage, took the rape survivor with her, listened to her and called Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.”

Multiple journalists reported the same.

UP Congress also tweeted that Gandhi spoke with the alleged rape survivor and subsequently dialled Ashok Gehlot. The party also said that the minor girl wasn’t arrested by Mathura police.

Soon after, Republic Bharat took down its article and one of its tweets. Another tweet carrying the misinformation is still live on its Twitter account. However, the link to the article redirects to Republic Bharat’s homepage.

The channel then wrote another piece that read, “Priyanka Gandhi met the family of the rape survivor who plead for justice, Gandhi spoke to the CM and asked him to take action.”

The title and content of its report were changed without acknowledging the earlier false reporting.

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Pooja Chaudhuri is a senior editor at Alt News.