Fact Check: From 11 Cr Rohingyas In India To Woman Beaten Up By Congressmen

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September 14th, 2018 / 4:05 PM

Bharat Bandh Fact Check

Image Credits: Alt News, Ashwin Mane/Twitter, IsupportNamo/Facebook

A series of fake news was circulated around the time of announcement of Bharat Bandh which was called by the Congress party and their allies on a continuous surge in fuel prices across the country. Several parts of the country observed a complete shutdown of public transport following the Bandh call.

One of the most widely shared posts during this time said, “Petrol-diesel prices have risen a little and all opposition parties are protesting. Rohingyas have increased to 11 crores but everyone is quiet”. As reported by AltNews, this post was first posted by a Facebook page named Social Tamasha, from where it was shared over 3,000 times. On Monday, a popular Facebook page “I Support Narendra Modi”, which has over 15 million followers shared this post. From this page, the post was shared 21,000 times.

Social Tamasha

Posted by I Support Narendra Modi on Monday, September 10, 2018

Several other pages like Doval Fan Club, I Support Zee News, भा.ज.पा: Mission 2019 and even BJP MLA T Raja Singh shared a slightly contorted statement wherein the word ’11 crore Rohingyas’ was replaced with 8 crore Bangladeshi refugees.

पेट्रोल डीजल 5रु महंगा हो गया तो भारत बंद।लेकिन 8 करोड़ बांग्लादेशी रोहिग्या क्या तुम्हारे जीजा लगते है जो उनका समर्थन करते हो…???

Posted by Raja Singh on Tuesday, September 11, 2018


As UN International Migration Report 2017, India, in all has 5.2 million (52 lakh) refugees. This number includes refugees and economic migrants from any country of the world. Additionally, to say that 11 crore Rohingyas reside in India is highly impossible since Myanmar, the country from where this ethnic community was displaced, has a population of close to 5.4 crores. The UN Migration report also stated that the number of Bangladeshi migrants in India stands at 31 lakh and not 8 crores as claimed.

Woman beaten up by Congressmen for raising pro-Modi slogans

Two extremely disturbing images of a naked woman being chased and beaten up were doing the rounds on social media earlier this month. As reported by BoomLive, several Facebook pages like Hindu Akhilesh Gupta (now deleted) shared the images with a caption which said that a Hindu woman was beaten up by West Bengal Congressmen for raising slogans hailing PM Modi in a Congress rally.

Source: AltNews

Reportedly, this image crops up every now and then and context is tweaked to suit political agenda.

In reality, the image is 11 years old. The shameful incident in question is that of an Adivasi woman being stripped and chased by ethnic rioters in Assam while bystanders took photos and videos of the same, as reported by The Telegraph.

Shivaji statue to have solar cells and RUPAR technology

The message which was shared widely last year claiming that the Shivaji memorial statue, being built in Mumbai, will have solar cells and RUPAR technology is yet again being circulated. These messages and posts claim that the electricity generated by these solar cells would be enough to be supplied to all government offices in Mumbai. And the Radial Uniform Projection And Ranging (RUPAR) technology would help in avoiding terrorist attacks like 26/11 like attacks in future.

This is a public information service message .. Share it with everyone !! Many are cribbing about the cost of the…

Posted by Aravamuthans Aravamuthans on Sunday, July 15, 2018

As reported by The Quint, the sculptor of the statue, Anil Sutar has said that the statue would be made of bronze and not of solar cell materials like amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride and copper indium gallium selenide, as claimed in the message.

Also, the message claims that the statue will have RUPAR technology built by IISc. However, when The Quint enquired, IISc denied having any knowledge of such technology being developed.

Adolf Hitler said “Burn me alive if I am wrong” in 1936 speech

Last week, several pages and persons on social media posted a part of Adolf Hitler’s 1936 speech given at Krupp Factory in Essen, Germany. As reported by AltNews, one of the tweets, which is now deleted, claims that Hitler once said, “I left everything to serve my nation…’and’….burn me alive if I’m wrong.”

Several people and pages followed suit and posted the same and drew similarities with PM Modi’s speech following the announcement of demonetisation in 2016. In his speech, he had said that he is afraid of being burned alive.

Upon investigation, AltNews found that translation was incorrect and Adolf Hitler did not say, “Burn me alive if I am wrong”.

The video with correct English translation can be found here, wherein he says, “If you think my work is right and if you think that I worked tirelessly, that I worked hard, that I’ve stood up for you over these years, that I’ve spent my time properly for my people, give your vote with a yes!. Then stand up for me as I stand up for you.”

Creating or sharing fake news is never justified. We have a responsibility to verify everything that we post on the internet. To ensure that our national debate is healthy and well-informed, each and every one of us has a responsibility of treating what we read with a pinch of salt, a spoonful of doubt, and a flood of research.

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Written by : Shraddha Goled

Edited by : Bharat Nayak

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