The picture is arresting. A, presumably, “Hindu” woman crouches, her face writ with distress. Her hands clutch at the pallu of her saree, as some unseen villain pulls it violently. A large crowd looks on in vicarious anticipation.
The picture alone is enough to ignite the minds of crowds. Place it in a Facebook post in the communally charged cauldron of Bengal, with words implying that the “Hindu” has no safety and no protection from the state government, and the intention is clear – to provoke a particular community’s anger and rage. This when the state of Bengal is slowly returning to normalcy, after a communal violence triggered due to a facebook post.
But here is the astounding truth.
The picture is fake. A doctored still from a Bhojpuri movie “Aurat Khilona Nahi”(starring, ironically, a major BJP leader, Manoj Tiwari) and the person posting the fake on Facebook – Vijeta Malik, a BJP Haryana State Executive member.
In a clear demonstration of how loose cannons in the BJP stoke communal tensions, the lady brazenly posted this picture and message, spreading it through the social media and garnering hundreds of likes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Have a look at her facebook post:
Update: Her facebook post is deleted. Here is a screenshot
Translation: The situation in Bengal is a great concern for Hindus. The Hindu is being played with and his/her respect is being publicly played with on the street. Yet no one is returning their award or threatening to leave the country. The State Government is sitting on its hand. When the state government is not doing anything the Central government should intervene.
Here is the uncropped photo of the still from the bhojpuri film. The male who pulls off the saree is Manoj Tiwari, a BJP leader and the women is actress, Subhi Sharma.
This lady is not just a creator and distributor of fake news…she most probably has some long suppressed desire to be in the film industry. As the lapdog media is fond of saying – the nation wants to know, will the BJP take action against this lady and relieve her so that she can go to her actual talent of making fiction movies?