Lord Ram’s image was torn by BJP Mahila Morcha workers and not the Congressmen!

Claim

Shameful act of Congressmen! Lord Ram’s picture was trampled with feet and posters was torn. According to the local newspaper, they were asked to wear a BJP scarf around their neck and tear the poster of Lord Ram.

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Explanation

India has seven rounds of general elections set for April 19, 2024, to June 1, 2024. The Lok Sabha election’s first and second phases are already over. As India moved into the third round of the election, both parties launched intensive back-to-back campaigns.

In this instance, a 45-second video depicts a gathering of people, including some men, watching some women tearing and destroying posters. It is seen that certain women jump on the posters and stamp them with their feet. A few reporters using mics and cell phones to record the event can also be seen amid this scenario. Along with a portrait of a politician, the poster features an image of Lord Ram. This post is shared with a claim stating, “Shameful act of Congressmen! Lord Ram’s picture was trampled with feet and posters was torn. According to the local newspaper, they were asked to wear a BJP scarf around their neck and tear the poster of Lord Ram.” You can view similar claim posts here and here.

What’s the truth?

We started our analysis with a relevant keyword search on Google which led us to some articles dated May 4, 2024.

We got our hands on the ABP News article captioned “Woman activist climbs Lord Ram’s photo to crush Jitu Patwari’s posters, tussle between BJP-Congress.” According to the article, the Congress president of Madhya Pradesh Jitu Patwari’s problem appears to be becoming worse as a result of the growing controversy over his remarks on BJP leader Imarti Devi. An FIR under the SC-ST Act has been filed by Imarti Devi against Jitu Patwari.

The article went on to add that Jitu Patwari’s poster was turned upside down and stomped on by BJP Mahila Morcha protestors outside Patwari’s home. When Jitu Patwari’s supporters arrived during this, they charged that BJP leaders were censoring the images of Hanuman ji and Lord Ram on the poster. The women leaders decided to leave the area as soon as they noticed Shri Ram’s photo on it, but in the wake of this incident, the Congress as a whole appears to be criticizing the BJP.

This same news was also covered by Patrika.com along with the viral clips. According to the article, Along with Jitu Patwari, the image of Shri Ram on the hoarding was destroyed by BJP protestors against Patwari’s contentious remarks. In addition, the photos were tramped underfoot by female campaigners. This can be seen in a viral video. Congress is now getting ready to object, claiming that it is a religious affront. The whole article can be read here.

All the above information confirms that the posters are not torn by the Congressmen as the viral claim suggests.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the viral claim stating that Congressmen tore Lord Ram’s picture is false and incorrect. In reality, the poster was torn by BJP Mahila workers during the demonstration outside Jitu Patwari’s residence.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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