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Fact Check: Now Laxmi faces the 'Chhapaak' of fake news

A Facebook post has claimed that Laxmi Agarwal confronted Deepika Padukone and film director Meghna Gulzar saying they did not disclose it to her that the name of her acid attacker was changed to a Hindu name 'Rajesh' in the film.



Amanpreet Kaur

New Delhi
January 9, 2020
UPDATED: January 9, 2020 20:32 IST

India Today's Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that Laxmi Agarwal has not made any such statement. (Photo: Viral FB post)


India Today's Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that Laxmi Agarwal has not made any such statement. (Photo: Viral FB post)

Deepika Padukone's movie 'Chhapaak', which is based on the real-life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, has been embroiled in controversies lately.
The latest one being fake news from a social media post which is going viral. A Facebook post has claimed that Laxmi Agarwal confronted Deepika Padukone and film director Meghna Gulzar saying they did not disclose it to her that the name of her acid attacker was changed to a Hindu name 'Rajesh' in the film.


India Today's Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that Laxmi Agarwal has not made any such statement. Also, the name of the acid attacker in the movie is 'Bashir Khan aka Babbu', not 'Rajesh'.
The archived version of the post can be seen here.
Among others, Facebook page 'Mission Modi' posted Laxmi Agarwal's photo with a quote attributed to her written in Hindi that translates to: "Name of the acid attacker is Naeem Khan (Muslim), but the name has been changed to Rajesh (Hindu) in the movie Chhapaak. Why Deepika and film director Meghna Gulzar kept this fact hidden from me?"
By the time of filing this story, the post has been shared by more than 1,800 times.
To verify the viral claim, we took a good look at Laxmi Agarwal's official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts but did not find any such statement. We also didn't find any media report supporting the claim.
We also tried contacting Laxmi Agarwal but her phone went unanswered. We will update this story in case she responds.

Recently, Laxmi Agarwal was invited to Mumbai where Deepika Padukone, her co-star Vikrant Massey and director Meghna Gulzar launched the movie's song.
While speaking to media, Deepika Padukone thanked Laxmi for the support. She said: "Thank you, ki aapne humko mauka diya ye kahaani dikhane ke liye, batane ke liye. Ye bohot hi important kahaani hai. Thank you, ki aapne dil se kiya. Not once did you doubt us. Not once did you question us. Aur aapne jo bhi kiya hai bohot dil se kiya hai. I hope you are proud of the movie that we have made and I hope we have been able to do justice to your incredible and inspiring story."
According to media reports Laxmi Agarwal was involved with the filming of Chhapaak since the beginning. In an earlier interview with IANS, she said, "I was involved with the film. I was happy to share the story of my struggle and survival with the makers of the film."

About Laxmi Agarwal:
Delhi girl Laxmi Agarwal was just 15 years old when she survived an acid attack in the year 2005. Naeem Khan, a 32-year-old man splashed acid on Laxmi Agarwal's face as she had refused his marriage proposal. Her face and other body parts were disfigured due to this attack. Laxmi Agarwal had to undergo intensive treatment and multiple surgeries.


About the movie Chhapaak and controversies:
Directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Deepika Padukone along with Meghna, Chhapaak is based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal. Deepika has played the role of Laxmi in the film. After Deepika went JNU to express solidarity with students who were attacked by a mob, several trolls started slamming her and her movie Chhapaak.
Makers faced controversy with the rumour that the name of the real-life acid attacker was changed in the film to protect his religious identity. However, this proved to be fake news as the name of the acid attacker in the movie is 'Bashir Khan aka Babbu'.
Many prominent media houses including India Today have presented this fact in their movie reviews. Rajesh is the name of Malti's (played by Deepika Padukone) boyfriend in the film.
Hence, it is clear that Laxmi has not made any such statement against Deepika Padukone or Meghna Gulzar.

Fact Check: Now Laxmi faces the 'Chhapaak' of fake news
 

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Viral Messages from last some years on Social Media :

प्रियजनों
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श्री सुधीर और उनकी पत्नी (मेरे मित्र की सेवा सहकर्मी) की मृत्यु के कारण, जो एक दुर्घटना के साथ कल, डॉक्टर ने उन्हें दिमागी मृत घोषित कर दिया है। Mr.Sudhir B + और उनकी पत्नी O + हैं। उनका परिवार मानवता के लिए अपनी किडनी दान करना चाहता है। Plz Circulate।

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इसे किसी अन्य समूह को अग्रेषित करें, यह किसी की मदद कर सकता है ..!

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Important !!
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accident yesterday, doctor declared them brain dead.
Mr. Sudhir is B+ and his wife is O+. His family wants
to donate their kidneys for humanity. Please
circulate. Contact number - nr NCR Delhi 9837285283.



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It says
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The same exact message was viral more than a year ago too. The below tweet is of 12th Oct 2017

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Important , 04 kidney available. mr.sudhir and his wife met an accident yesterday, doctor declaired brain dead Mr.sudhir is B+ and his wife O+ , his family want to donate their kidney for humanity .plz circulate. Contact 9837285283
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Aug 2018 – This was wrong too.

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चार किडनियां दान हेतु उपलब्ध हैं। स्व सुधीर (बी+) और उनकी पत्नी (ओ+) की सड़क दुर्घटना में मृत्यु से पूर्व उनकी इच्छा के अनुसार ये महत्वपूर्ण दान कोई भी प्राप्त कर सकता है। चिकित्सकों ने उनके मस्तिष्क को मृत घोषित किया है। संपर्क करें: 9837285283 !

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The Mobile Number belongs to a Nephrologist in Meerut, Dr. Sandeep Garg.
SMHoaxSlayer contacted him and following is what he narrated –
He had this issue since September 2017, he tried filing a Police complain but on their suggestion filed a complain to the cyber cell.
He doesn’t want to disconnect this number as he has been has this number since last 13 years and almost all of his patients has the same number.
He believe someone gave out his number in such a way as a prank or to harass him.
Further, Sharing/forwarding such message i.e. Organ Donation is illegal/crime as per Human Organ Transplant Act-1994.
One similar case happened in Karnataka in which Times of India reported



More Fakes
This message has been making rounds on various Social Media platforms since Oct 2017

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Video Shows Chinese Policemen Killing Coronavirus Patients? FactCheck

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Feb 14, 2020 9:01 AM



Three unrelated videos including one showing armed police personnel and another clip showing medical professionals tend to a number of people, have been clubbed together to falsely claim that the Chinese government is now killing people infected with the Coronavirus in Wuhan, to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

BOOM was able to ascertain that the three videos are not related to each other and that two of them are not connected to the Coronavirus epidemic in China.

Coronavirus now officially known and COVID-19 has led to more than 1300 deaths and infected at least 60,000 people in China. This strain of the virus is said to have originated in the Chinese province of Wuhan, which has now been placed under lockdown. In India, three people from Kerala are said to have shown symptoms and are kept in isolation.

The viral clip is being shared with several captions in Hindi and English with most of them falsely claiming that the Chinese government is shooting those infected.

The entire footage is viral on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. It has been sent to BOOM's WhatsApp helpline number (7700906111) multiple times from readers requesting us to verify the same.

Sequence 1

The 55-second video clip first shows a top angle view of three policemen dressed in transparent overalls standing near a police car with one of them loading a gun. The camera then follows the same policemen walking into a residential area. A man speaking in the local language can be heard narrating something while recording the video.

Sequence 2

The second scene in the video shows a frenzied situation of people on the floor of an open courtyard and medical professionals tending to them - and people around them in visible panic. While there is no narration as in the first scene, sounds resembling gunshots can be heard in the far distance. In the viral video although the claim is that people have been killed no blood can be spotted anywhere in the clip and one of the patients appears to be alive and responding to the medical workers.

Sequence 3

The third scene has a man in a yellow jacket lying on the pavement, with someone kneeling over him and in the background a ambulance and few other vehicles can also be seen parked around the scene. The sounds resembling gunshots can be heard in this scene too.

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Meanwhile over 25,000 killed they have started shooting down all the people with the virus in China... this is so sad [https://abs][https://abs][https://abs]

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Over 25,000 killed
They have started shooting down all the people with the virus in China.

( video shared by a reliable source in China, through a friend ) pic.twitter.com/2qWRvNRPjU

— Indur Chhugani (@IndurChhugani) February 11, 2020

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कुदरत की मार / कर्मों का फल

[https://abs] पहले चीन ने इस्लाम को कुचला
(बुरका, दाढ़ी, नमाज़, कुरान पर पाबंदी)
(लाखों मुसलमान डिटेंशन कैम्पों में कैद)

[https://abs] अब कोरोना ने चीन को कुचला
(वुहान शहर में सरकार ने कोरोना वायरस से संक्रमित ~ 25000 नागरिकों को गोली से उड़ाया)

[https://abs]: वीडियो विचलित करेगा

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Fact Check

BOOM was able to ascertain that the viral clip has three separate incidents - two not connected to the recent COVID-19 outbreak - edited together and the sound of fireworks added in some scenes, to falsely claim that the Chinese government is shooting patients.

We found that the first video of armed policemen is from Yiwu city, and possibly old, when the special police squad was called in to take down a rabid dog on the rampage in the area and the third video of the youngster on the pavement is a case of rash driving. We also found that the sound resembling gunshots are in fact fireworks and have been overlaid in the last video.

FIRST VIDEO - Policemen With Guns

The first scene shows three policemen near a police car with one of them readying his gun with the words 'Police' written in Chinese characters on the bonnet of the car. The same policemen are shown walking in to an alleyway of a building while the audio in the background narrates something in local dialect.

We first got the audio translated by someone who understands the local dialect and rough translation of the same is, "Guns are prepared, we don't know what is this for, submachine gun, pistols"

BOOM was via sources, able to access a screenshot of a WeChat post by a local policeman in Yiwu city in the Zhejiang province of China. The screenshot in Mandarin refers to the above video and warns against spreading rumours. The police officer who did not wish to be named in his post says, "If someone in your group is spreading this video, please help clarify. At noon, Yiwu special police took instructions from the Municipal Bureau Command center to dispose of a large dog...commonly known as crazy dog at LuoZhai. Its a normal police action and nothing to do with the epidemic."

The policeman wished to remain anonymous but BOOM was able to the screenshot of his post on WeChat below.

We also found tweet by China Global Television Network, a Chinese media network which said that the Yiwu police denied the video was connected to Coronavirus and said it was "maliciously manipulated with seperate scenes since armed officers were only dealing with a rabid dog."

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Police in Yiwu, Zhejiang said online video alleging them "shooting people sick with #coronavirus that refuse to be evacuated" is fake

The police said the video was "maliciously" manipulated with separate scenes since the armed officers were only dealing with a rabid dog

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SECOND VIDEO - MEDICAL PRACTIONERS EXAMINING PATIENTS

The second was clip was also being shared claiming it is from Wuhan, where the COVID-19 outbreak is reported to have originated.

We traced the video to a January 25 upload on YouTube with a claim that the background noise was gunshots. A detailed analyses of the clip showed that it was not gunshot but fireworks going off at a distance.

We also ran a search and learnt that January 25 was Chinese Lunar New Year, widely celebrated in China. While news report said that the celebrations this year were low key, we found several videos on YouTube showing firecrackers bursting on the same day in certain regions of the country.

BOOM was not able to ascertain the exact location for this video.

THIRD VIDEO - MAN IN YELLOW JACKET ON PAVEMENT

The third video shows a man in a yellow jacket lying on a pavement, with someone kneeling over his body and the camera also pans to show an ambulance. This video has the same sound resembling a gunshot in the distance as in the previous scene.

We analysed this video and the audio seperately and were able to find that the sounds resembling gunshots are not part of the original video but have been edited and added to support the false claim of Coronavirus victims being shot dead.

A January 30 tweet by a user had the same video of the youngster on the ground and no sound resembling gunshots can be heard in the video below, which substantiated that the audio of shots being fired had been edited into the clip.

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中国政府在控制疫情的过程中,发生了严重的人道危机。从武汉返乡的村民被邻居举报,不满而把邻居割喉。武汉单亲父亲被强制隔离,脑瘫儿子独自在家被活活饿死。湖北人在全国范围内被围追堵截。视频中的男子因为紧急情况需要通过封锁的路口被打死。这些都是政府制造的人道灾难

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The user who tweeted the video wrongly claimed that the incident is from Wuhan when a man was shot dead while trying to pass through a blocked junction. To this, another Twitter user replied that the incident happened in 'his town', where two minors riding a two-wheeler hit a pillar (and subsequently one lost his life).

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极简大叔@COOOTV

· Jan 30, 2020

中国政府在控制疫情的过程中,发生了严重的人道危机。从武汉返乡的村民被邻居举报,不满而把邻居割喉。武汉单亲父亲被强制隔离,脑瘫儿子独自在家被活活饿死。湖北人在全国范围内被围追堵截。视频中的男子因为紧急情况需要通过封锁的路口被打死。这些都是政府制造的人道灾难

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我来解释,这个事在我们镇上发生的,未成年擅自骑摩托,速度过快碰到路沿无法控制撞到柱子上。

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He further identified the location as 'Opposite Siyuan School, in Wuzu Town of Huangmei County.'

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地点:湖北省黄梅县五祖镇思源学校对面
事件:两个未成年的骑摩托车太快。撞上路沿石失控。骑摩托车的死了坐摩托车重伤的送医院。
完全是驾驶人自己的过失。
造谣人称暴力执法将驾驶员打死,望各位理智。

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We then closely watched the video and found that the ambulance said Wuzu Town Hospital. We also found that for a few seconds in the video, the pavement near the youngster are visibly broken, as if hit by a sudden force. Below are screenshots which corroborate the same.

The broken pavement can be seen circled in red

France based news website France 24 Observer fact-checked the above video by confirming with a local resident of Wuzu that it was an accident that happened in the town on January 29, 2020. The local informed France 24 Observers, that the video is of man who died in a road accident. He said, "I can confirm that the scene was filmed in Wuzu, in front of the Siyuan school on January 29, 2020. I live next door and several of my friends passed by at the time of the drama. But, contrary to what people say on Twitter, the person on the ground is not a woman, he is a young man, and he was not killed by the police, he had a motorcycle accident."

We were also able to access a message the local resident shared with them from Commissioner Zhao, director of the Wuzu police station. The press statement reads, "In the afternoon of January 29, a one-sided [one-vehicle] road accident occurred in the city of Wuzu. The person involved was driving a scooter and, due to bad traffic maneuver, he shifted to the side of the road, collided with the stones along the ledge and fell on the back of the head, and unfortunately died. The driver was solely responsible. , local police and health center workers quickly arrived to handle the accident."

Published with permission from France 24 Observer





 

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BJP Lost 36 Seats In Delhi By Close Margins? Bogus Numbers Go Viral

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Feb 13, 2020 7:54 AM


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A viral WhatsApp forward claiming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost 36 seats with a margin of less than 2,000 votes in the recently concluded Delhi assembly elections is false and not backed by official data from the Election Commission of India.

A margin of victory for a seat is difference of the votes obtained between the winning candidate and the immediate runner up.

The viral message claims that in 36 seats, the BJP could have easily won, citing the following alleged victory margins:

The BJP losing 8 seats with a margin of less than 100 votes

Losing 19 seats with margin less than 1000 votes

Losing 9 seats with a margin less than 2000 votes

The WhatsApp forward also goes on to say that these 36 seats (8+19+9), along with 8 seats the BJP won, could have led them to 44 seats, well past the majority mark.

The message tries to portray the election between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the BJP to be much closer than it actually was.

BOOM found no seats to be below the 100-vote margin threshold, 2 seats a below the 1000-vote margin threshold and just 1 seat to be below 2000-vote margin threshold. These total three seats, and are a far cry from the 36 seats being claimed to have minuscule margins that could have put the BJP in sight of victory.

In the elections, whose results were declared on February 11, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) retained power with authority, winning 62 of the 70 seats up for grabs, with the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) winning in the remaining 8. The Congress drew a blank.

BOOM received the message on its helpline (7700906111).

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BOOM found this to be viral on Twitter as well, with even a Lok Sabha MP, Satyadev Pachauri (BJP, Kanpur) tweeting this information, garnering him more than 1,300 likes and close to 600 retweets.

BOOM also found this message to be viral on Facebook too.

Therefore, BOOM looks at Election Commission of India data to check the margins of victory.

FactCheck

According to official Election Commission of India data, there are no seats with margins of less than 100, which does not corroborate claims carried by message stating that 8 seats were lost by the BJP with a margin of less than 100 votes.

There are only 2 seats won by AAP with a margin of less than 1,000. These seats are those below:

In Bijwasan, Bhupinder Singh Joon of AAP - garnering 57,271 votes - defeated BJP's Sat Prakash Rana - earning 56,518 votes - by a margin of 753 votes, and it is the smallest victory margin this election.

In the second smallest margin of victory, the BJP's Abhay Verma - getting 65,735 votes - wrested the Laxmi Nagar seat from incumbent AAP MLA Nitin Tyagi, who got 64,855 votes. In this fight, the margin of victory was just 880 votes.

There is also one seat where the margin of victory is less than 2000 votes.

In Adarsh Nagar, incumbent AAP MLA Pawan Sharma - who received 46,892 votes - held on to his seat with 1,589 votes. His closest opponent, the BJP's Raj Kumar Bhatia, received 45,303 votes. This margin is the third smallest witnessed in the recent Delhi elections.

The fourth smallest margin was witnessed in the Kasturba Nagar seat, when current AAP MLA Madan Lal retained his seat with a margin of 3,165 votes against the BJP's Ravinder Chaudhary. This margin is much higher than the upper ceiling of 2,000 votes being claimed by the viral message.

Therefore, data shows only three seats having a margin of less than 2,000 votes, with no evidence of 36 seats.

Official data from the Election Commission of India can be found here.

BOOM has done a roundup of the top seven fake news trends around the Delhi elections, which can be watched below.

 
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This is how Hatred is being spread in India in name of Religion:
Morphed Screenshot Of AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan's Tweet Goes Viral

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Feb 13, 2020 3:07 PM

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A screenshot of a tweet claiming to show Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan thanked Shaheen Bagh and Muslim voters for his resounding victory in the recently held assembly elections in Delhi, is false and photoshopped.

BOOM found out that the original tweet of the Okhla MLA has been photoshopped and doctored with text that gives it a communal spin.

While in his original tweet on February 11, the Khan had tweeted in Hindi, 'Leading by 72,000 votes after 13 rounds', the viral image has added more text with malicious spin. (Translated from Hindi: 13 राउंड पूरे होने के बाद 72000 वोट से आगे चल रहा हूँ।)

The first line in the viral image was originally tweeted by Amanatullah Khan on Feb 11, 2020, the day Delhi election results were declared. Khan had won the Oakhla constituency with a margin of 71,827 votes.

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13 राउंड पूरे होने के बाद 72000 वोट से आगे चल रहा हूँ।

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Below is a screenshot of the viral image.

The viral image of the fake tweet reads 'Leading by 72,000 votes after 13 rounds. Today, Shaheen Bagh has won, today Islam has won. Insha Allah, soon Islam will win across India. I thank all my Muslim brothers and sisters for uniting and showing their strength. We have to maintain this unity, and history shall repeat itself.

(Translated from Hindi: 13 राउंड पूरे होने के बाद 72000 वोट से आगे चल रहा हूँ। आज शाहीन बाग जीता,आज हमारा इस्लाम जीता है इंसा अल्लाह, जल्दी ही पूरे इंडिया में इस्लाम की जीत होगी, मेरे सभी मुस्लिम भाई बहनों का सुक्रिया, सबने मिल कर अपनी ताकत दिखाई एकता बनाएं रखना, हम इतिहास जरूर दोहराएंगे)

The fake screenshot has been viral from several social media pages.

Fact Check

One look at the viral screenshot makes it clear that different fonts have been used to create the fake image. When a tweet is composed, Twitter uses one font and not a mix of several fonts. BOOM composed the same message on Twitter and compared it with the viral image. The difference in the fonts was stark.

BOOM could not reach Khan for a comment. The story will be updated upon receiving a response.


 
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