Bangladesh religious procession image shared in false posts about Indian political rally

Date: 27 july 2021

A photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple social media posts that claim it shows a large rally for an Indian Muslim politician during the pandemic. The claim is false: the photo shows an Islamic procession in Bangladesh in 2019. The image was shared in a Hindi-language tweet posted on July 19. The caption translates to English as: "Huge crowd of a specific community gathered in UP’s Moradabad in Asaduddin Owaisi’s rally and here we are, entangled over BJP, BSP and SP. You people too should stop being in any delusion and think about your future".

The post emerged online after speculation about the AIMIM teaming up with other parties in a bid to defeat the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh's upcoming assembly elections in February 2022.

The post also misleadingly suggests India's Muslims are permitted to gather for certain political events, while Hindus have been banned from gathering for religious festivals.

A reverse image search on Google found the photo was published in a Facebook post on November 26, 2019.

It was uploaded by photographer Faisal bin Latif in a post about a religious procession in the Bangladeshi city of Chattogram.




Despite not being a recognized term, News18 uses ‘love jihad’ to describe case of cheating

Date: 27 July 2021

While reporting the case of a woman in Madhya Pradesh who was cheated by her lover, a Muslim man who posed as Hindu, the News18 website used the title ‘Girl Becomes Victim of Lov Jihad in MP’s Rewa, Case Registered’. ‘Love Jihad’ is a term used by right wing ideologists who allege a deliberate conspiracy hatched by the Muslim community to lure and convert non-Muslim women to Islam. Several investigations have been carried out into alleged cases of ‘love jihad’, including by the National Investigative Agency, but no proof of such conspiracy has been unearthed. It is not a term recognized by the Central Government either. Despite this, the news outlet normalized the use of ‘love jihad’ in its report.




Karni Sena activists prevent interfaith marriage in UP''s Ballia

Date: 29 july 2021

Activists of right wing Karni Sena allegedly prevented an interfaith marriage in UP’s Ballia and created a ruckus at a court before forcibly taking the couple to a police station, according to officials. A video purportedly showing the commotion created by the Karni Sena activists surfaced online Thursday in which the 18-year-old Dalit woman can be heard saying she was marrying the Muslim man willingly. However, her father lodged a complaint with the police against the man, Dilshad, who has been booked on charges of kidnapping, police said. Superintendent of Police Vipin Tada said the woman''s statement will be recorded in the court and lawful action will be taken. He said no ''love jihad'' angle, as alleged by the Karni Sena activists, has come to the fore so far. He did not respond to questions on the alleged ruckus created by the Karni Sena activists.