Fact Check: No, The Child In The Viral Picture Did Not Die In Bihar Floods

20 July 2019 5:55 AM GMT
Editor : Sumanti Sen
Fact Check: No, The Child In The Viral Picture Did Not Die In Bihar Floods
Image Credit: The Times Of India

A picture of a dead baby that recently went viral was shared widely with the false claim that he lost his life by drowning in the floods in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.


What Was The Claim?

The picture was shared by several Twitter user comparing the instance with the picture of a dead Syrian refugee kid whose picture went viral and rose the collective conscience of the world.

In the video, we can see a man standing next to the child’s body, holding a fishing net.

Even the official Twitter account of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) shared this photo with a caption that read: “Speechless! On the other hand, yesterday, Bihar’s entire cabinet ministers watched a film and ate free dinner at a multiplex, displaying a devilish attitude under the leadership of Sushil Modi. And on top of that, they were brazen enough to argue they can’t stop eating and watching a movie just because there are floods in the state. Shameless!”

RJD also tweeted screenshots from a news website of a related report with the title “A heartbreaking picture emerges from flood-ravaged Bihar”.

Several others shared the video with similar claims.


What Is The Truth?

The kid in the picture did not die in the Bihar floods but was killed by his mother.

The Times Of India reported that although the unfortunate incident did take place in Muzaffarpur, it had nothing to do with the floods, as informed by the District Magistrate’s office.

A press release from Muzaffarpur district’s public relations office said the incident took place in Minapur village. A woman, Reena Devi, had a fight with her husband, and pushed her four kids into the Bagmati river, and then jumped in herself. While local divers managed to save her and her 7-year-old daughter, the other kids lost their lives.

The following is the press release:

Bihar Floods Dead Baby
Image Credit: The Times Of India

Hence, it is concluded that the picture of the dead baby has nothing to do with the Bihar floods, but he was killed by his mother.


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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Sumanti Sen is an English Literature graduate who believes "there's just one kind of folks. Folks.".

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