Old Image Used to Claim Muslim Men in Burkhas Voting in LS Polls

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An image of a man clad in a burkha is being shared with the claim that Muslim men in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar are casting bogus votes, while posing as women.

A Twitter user, चौकीदार Aakash, posted images of a burkha-clad man with the caption:

“After triple talaq bill, Muslim women were supposed to be voting for the BJP... Muslim males in large numbers in burkha seen in Muzaffarnagar booths... ‘faking vote’ as faces of women in burkhas are ‘not being checked’.”

A screenshot of the now-deleted tweet claiming Muslim men were voting in the LS polls posing as women.

It also cited the remarks made by Union Minister and Muzaffarnagar BJP candidate Dr Sanjiv Balyan, who had said earlier in the day: “Faces of women in burkhas are not being checked and I allege that fake voting is being done. If not looked into, I will demand a re-poll.”

The tweet has since been deleted.

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The same claim was also made by many other users on Twitter and Facebook:


Posted by Anupam Tripathi on  Thursday, April 11, 2019

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A reverse image search of the image used to make the claim revealed that it is from 2015.

A reverse image search of the photo returned multiple results.

Back then, the same image was used in various reports claiming an RSS worker had attempted to throw beef into a temple, while clad in a burkha, in an attempt to incite communal tension.

Thus, the image of the burkha-clad man in circulation is being used out of context and the claim that Muslim men are casting bogus votes has no basis.

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