(This story was first published on 17 December 2018, and has been republished from The Quint’s archives in light of the fake message resurfacing.)
A video circulating online claims that a Hindu girl was burnt alive in Madhya Pradesh by a mob "because she had attended a prayer meeting in a Christian church.”
The video being shared by Twitter users shows a girl, allegedly set ablaze, lying in the middle of a road as a crowd looks on.
RT javed655: Hindu girl burnt alive in Madhya Pradesh because she attended a prayer meeting in a Christian church. Please send this around so that the whole world may see India; the real Hell on the planet Earth ?Just see the ugliest face of *“Incre… pic.twitter.com/vV9yHX5jAv— Anwar Lodhi FC (@AnwarLodhi_) December 16, 2018
The post has been retweeted more than four thousand times in 24 hours, and more than five thousand people have engaged with it on the social media platform.
TRUE OR FALSE?
The claim is false as the video circulating online is incomplete and has been edited to show the girl being burnt alive. The original video, published by Al Jazeera, shows a mob beating the girl before setting her on fire.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
According to CNN, the real incident dates back to May 2015, when a mob had beaten up a 16-year-old girl and burnt her alive for alleged involvement in the killing of a cab driver in Guatemala’s Rio Bravo.
pic.twitter.com/x2LqFxdRyM— khalid hamidi (@khalidhamidi3) December 17, 2018
Hindu girl burnt alive, because she went in Christian church.? For to attend prayer ?
After the edited video was shared online, internet users criticised the crowd for not trying to help the victim and called the incident “atrocious”. But a few others called it out as fake news after spotting that the clip was dated.
Happened in Guatemala, Central America. Not Venezuela. The person apparently was a gang member. That was the reason why locals set her on fire. Sad incident from my third world country...— GC (@1972gca) December 16, 2018
Fake News, 3 year old video from Guatemala— Surendra (@surunaik14) December 17, 2018
This is not the first time that a video has been shared in the wrong context. In March 2017, another video posted on Facebook and other social media websites had claimed that a young Marwari girl, who had married a Muslim man in Andhra Pradesh, had been thrashed and burnt alive by a mob for refusing to wear burqa.
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