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    Fact Check: Photo of a cholera patient shared as 1971 Bangladesh liberation war rape victim

    Here is how we debunked the claim.

    CLAIM

    We came across a photo which was being shared on Twitter by some individual handles. The claim along with the photograph is, ‘Do you know about this ? 1971. A Hindu man carrying his raped wife back from what is now Bangladesh. A story of displacement scoundrels in Lutyens will never talk or write about. don’t whitewash our history, our untold suffering of hindus. The curse has kicked in.’

    The picture which was shared with this claim is of a frail looking man, carrying a woman in his arms. The woman’s clothes are out of place and her breasts are uncovered in the photograph.

    The picture being shared on social media with a false narrative was clicked by Mark Edwards
    The picture being shared on social media with a false narrative was clicked by Mark Edwards

    (Note: We have censored the picture considering our editorial policy)

    Users such as Exsecular 2.0 and वकील सा’ब 2.0    who are followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Piyush Goyal’s office respectively also retweeted this picture.

    The picture was retweeted by over 600 Twitter handles
    The picture was retweeted by over 600 Twitter handles including those followed by the Prime Minister

    The same picture has been used in articles speaking about rapes of women belonging to the Hindu community during the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971.

    TRUE OR FALSE

    The claim being shared with the picture is false. It is of a woman suffering with Cholera. The picture was clicked during the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971 when refugees were crossing border to enter India. The religion of the couple remains unidentified.

    OUR METHOD 

    Upon searching the image on Google, we found it on a website called Hard Rain Project. The photographer mentioned on the website is Mark Edwards. We looked for more information about the photographer and his work when we came across a book extract on Google Books mentioning his work .

    In a book titled Body Horror: Photojournalism, Catastrophe and War by John Taylor, we found the mention of this photograph by Mark Edwards. On page 132 of the book, it is mentioned that the photo was indeed clicked in 1971 of Bangladeshi refugees suffering with cholera.

    We contacted Mark Edwards, the photographer who clicked this for more clarity. In an email response, he said, “Yes, I took the photograph. It was during the Bangladesh war near the border with what was then East Pakistan and India. The couple, and the other people in the background, had just crossed the border under fire. I was told the young woman had cholera. There was never any suggestion that she had been raped – nor have I ever suggested or claimed she had been raped.”

    Speaking about the impact of photograph, Edward stated that the photograph was widely published around the world after it appeared in Newsweek magazine and he understands it helped draw support for the millions of refugees being sheltered in India.

    Responding about the claim that the woman was a Hindu, he said, “I never considered if the couple were Hindu or Muslim. To me they were two humans paying the terrible price for a pointless political dispute.”

    Hence, this picture is of a woman suffering with cholera and her religion cannot be ascertained. Therefore, The claim which is being shared is false.

    If you come across any video, image or claim which you would like us to verify, please send it to info@htnnews.in

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