On March 12, 2021, a video surfaced online showing a Hindu man thrashing a Muslim boy named Asif for drinking water in a temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district. Later, Ghaziabad police acted on the video and identified the man who thrashed the boy as Shringi Nandan Yadav, a Bhagalpur resident, Bihar. According to the police, Yadav was taken into custody, and a case was registered against him.
In the backdrop of the above incident, images of a child with severe injuries all over the body are being circulated with the claim that the images are of Asif. Netizens are sharing the image with the caption, which translates in English as, "Asif, if you were thirsty you should have visited a mosque, a church, a gurudwara or a hotel but not a temple, my brother. #DeshBadalRahaHai".
The post is viral on Facebook.
The post is also widely spread on Twitter.
The viral image shows the scarred body of Asif.
The Logical Indian did a reverse image search and found the same image was published by a Facebook user Amjad Nasser on October 9, 2020, much before the incident of assault on Asif. The caption is in Arabic, which roughly translates as, "Father brutally beats his son for education. Where is the state who should take action against the parents who torture their child with such cruelty? May Allah take revenge on you.
The image was also published on a website, Cratersky, on October 4, 2020. According to the site, a 12-year-old boy was ruthlessly beaten by his father in Al-Mahwit city of Yemen.
A media organisation, the Khabar Agency, also reported about the incident. While the report did not mention the exact reason for the father beating his son so ruthlessly, many speculated it was either due to his father's wife or his father forcing him to join Houthi militia's ranks, for which the boy refused. The eyewitness said that neighbours intervened and informed the authority; they also took the boy to the hospital for treatment.
Hence, an old image of Yemen has gone viral with the claim that it is of Asif after being beaten mercilessly.
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