Kathua Rape Fallout: Assam, Bihar Police Refute Claims Of Viral Social Media Posts BOOM contacted local police in Assam and Bihar and found troubling inaccuracies in at least two viral posts on social media. ByBOOM FACT Check TeamPublished on April 13, 7:22 pm Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)2K+Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)2K+Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) COMMENT A sickening crime, which has sparked mass outrage in India, has also prompted a large section of the Indian right-wing to question the reportage and reaction of netizens condemning the crime. In past 48 hours, several right-wing websites and prominent Twitter handles posted horrific images of victims of crimes where the perpetrators were Muslim. BOOM contacted local police in Assam and Bihar and found troubling inaccuracies in at least two viral posts on social media. On Thursday, several Twitter users posted three images of a woman’s body lying face down in a watery paddy field claiming she was a minor who was allegedly raped and murdered by illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in Barpeta district of Assam. The images have been retweeted along with the same text by several Twitter users including actor Raveena Tandon. NO RAPE IN BARPETA MURDER: POLICE BOOM spoke to Violet Baruah, Superintendent of Police, who said the the crime took place on March 26, 2018 in Jania area of Barpeta, Assam. The victim, Maleka Khatun, contrary to social media posts calling her a minor was in her mid-thirties and is survived by a teenage daughter. “Preliminary investigation shows there is no rape,” Baruah told BOOM. Baruah said police arrested three persons while other accused who were identified are still absconding. It is not clear how many accused have been identified by the police. The motive of the crime was also not clear. A case has been filed under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to murder and criminal conspiracy. TRUE CRIME, INCORRECT PHOTO Twitter users also posted a deeply distressing photo of a little girl lying in what appears to be an open field and bleeding profusely below the waist. Text accompanying the post implied that the photo was of a six-year old Hindu girl allegedly raped by 27-year old Muslim – Meraz Miyan in Kargahar area of Rohtas district of Bihar. While the police confirmed details of the crime they denied that the image being shared on social media was that of the survivor. BOOM did a Google Reverse Image Search of the photo which did not yield any results. However, we have reason to believe it is not the same girl, as the child shown in the photo appears to look much younger than six and does not appear to be alive. The photo has been used by the website Hindu Post and was shared on Twitter by the handle True Indology. BOOM has further blurred and blackened out the photo out of respect for the victim. -- Peace Is Doable -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Green Youth Movement" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to greenyouth+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/greenyouth. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.