‘Oldest JNU Student’? Uh, That’s Actually CPI Leader Annie Raja

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As the JNU students’ protests against hostel fee hike continue, fake news factory is missing no opportunity to spread misinformation around the university and its students.

CLAIM

Amidst the protest, an image of an elderly woman is being circulated on various social media platforms with the claim that she is “a final year student”, currently enrolled with the university. The claim further mocks at the lady for her age, adding that she has been “arrested”.

Screenshot/An archived version of the tweet can be found here.
Screenshot/An archived version of the tweet can be found here

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TRUE OR FALSE

The Quint could confirm that the image is being shared with completely misleading claim. The woman shown in the image is not a current JNU student, but CPI leader and activist Annie Raja.

In fact, the image itself is not from JNU but from the protests outside the Supreme Court organised in May 2019 against the procedure adopted to deal with a sexual harassment charge against former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The matter was widely reported in mainstream media.

An image which shows Annie Raja being detained from outside the Supreme Court. 

The Quint also got in touch with Annie Raja who confirmed that this photo was taken during the protests against the handling of CJI sexual harassment case.

On being asked about her image being shared with a misleading claim, the activist and leader quipped, “It’s bizzare but also feels nice because I never had the opportunity to go to JNU.”

Annie Raja with CPI leader and husband D Raja

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