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
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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.


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.


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

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.

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