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A drunk Hindu teacher kicks the images of Gods. Right wingers claim a Muslim insulted Hindu Gods.

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Explanation

A video is being virally shared in social media with a claim that a Muslim man had insulted Hindu Gods. In the video a man can be seen kicking down an image of a Hindu deity kept on a stool. This video is shared by many in social media with similar claims that a Muslim man insulted Hindu gods which can be seen here, here and here.

What’s the truth?

In our search, we found several news reports from Aaj Tak, ABP Asmita and News18 Gujarati from which we find that the man who is seen kicking the video is a Hindu and his name is Yogesh Rathwa. The incident is reported to have taken place in Gujarat’s Chhotaudepur district. The person kicking the Hindu deity’s photo is a teacher working in a school.

 

Upon further search, we found that The Quint had reached the Chhotaudepur SP Dharmendra Sharma said, “The man in the video is not from the Muslim community. He is a Hindu adivasi whose name is Yogesh Rathwa. He was under the influence of alcohol when he did this, and he was arrested after that.”

 

Hence, the claims made in social media that a Muslim man kicked Hindu deity’s photo (Goddess Saraswati) is false and it is also dangerous as it could potentially lead to communal tensions and enmity. It should also be noted that Gujarat is a dry state which prohibits alcohol use.

 

Conclusion

The claim that a Muslim man kicked the Hindu deity’s (Goddess Saraswati) picture is false. The man in the video is a Hindu named Yogesh Rathwa. It is being falsely shared as an act by a Muslim by some with an intent to disrupt the communal harmony.

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