Union Minister Smriti Irani’s old Islamophobic Facebook posts are edited, not real.

Claim

This is the Islamophobic Hindutva Minister of the BJP Government visiting the vicinity of the Prophet’s Mosque in #Madinah.

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Explanation

Smriti Zubin Irani, the Minister of Women and Child Development and Minority Affairs, visited Madina’s sacred sites during her two-day visit to Saudi Arabia. She paid visits to the Holy Prophet’s Mosque as well as two other revered locations in Islam: the Uhud Mountains, which serve as the last resting place for Islamic martyrs, and Masjid-e-Quba, the country’s first mosque. India and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia signed a bilateral Haj agreement for 2024 on 7, January 2024. 

Meanwhile, a claim was posted on Documenting Oppression Against Muslims’s (DOAM) official X handle and later it was deleted. The post stated that the Islamophobic Hindu Minister of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) visited the vicinity of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and shared three facebook post screenshots claiming to be of Smriti Zubin Irani. A similar claim was posted by another social media user that can be seen here

What is the Truth?

We skimming through Smriti Irani’s old Facebook posts, we found the original posts dated December, 26, 2012 and May, 5 2013 on Smriti Zubin Irani’s official Facebook account.

The original post from her Facebook account was edited with some other islamophobic images and falsely shared. Actually, she posted her own picture with a saffron turban in both original posts.

We also shared a comparison between the original Facebook post of the Union Minister’s and the edited viral Facebook images.

In both the viral post and the original post, we can clearly see the similar dates mentioned and also the tagged person names and count. Even the number of likes, comments, and shares is accurately matching, which clarifies that the viral images are the edited version of the above-mentioned original posts.

Conclusion

Smriti Irani’s old Facebook posts are edited to create fake screenshots of Islamophobic posts in her name. She did not post any such content.

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