Hyderabad: A picture of 16 injured Sweden women has been circulating on social media. It is being claimed that they were brutally killed or injured by jihadis in Sweden.
Gaurav Goel, a state spokesperson of BJP, Chandigarh, posted the picture on Twitter. “Tolerance of Sweden has paved a way for them to be killed. Sweden allowed jihadis to come and now the citizens of Sweden are brutally killed or injured, that is not an accident…It is a choice they have made. #swedenriots https://t.co/CewgeUa9mQ,” he wrote.
Tolerance of Sweden has paved a way for them to be killed.
— Gaurav Goel (@goelgauravbjp) August 29, 2020
The Archived version of the claim can be found here.
This claim is false.
Newsmeter performed a reverse image search and found that this picture was attached in an article by ‘France 24 The Observers’ in 2018. The article is titled, “How fake images spread racist stereotypes about migrants across the globe”.
The FRANCE 24 Observers team collaborated on a project that analyzed various fake news stories about migrants. Under the section,’The migrant “rapists”, it is said that most of these photos are from the United Kingdom or the United States.
According to Mimikama, an Austrian fact-checking website which tracked down the sources of the photos; the women were victims of domestic violence, police violence, or random attacks.
Mohammed Zubair, a Fact-Checker and Co-founder of ‘Alt News’ tweeted: “BJP member @goelgauravbjp is sharing pics which are at least 7-8 year old to target Muslims. Most of these victims are from the UK/US. The women shown were victims of domestic violence, police violence, or random attacks. Nothing to do with Immigrant or Muslims https://t.co/6O5i4k9Sh7”, he wrote.
BJP member @goelgauravbjp is sharing pics which are atleast 7-8 year old to target Muslims. Most of these victims are from UK/US. The women shown were victims of domestic violence, police violence or random attacks. Nothing to do with Immigrant or Muslims https://t.co/6O5i4k9Sh7 https://t.co/Lprbj2HuWl
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) August 29, 2020
Therefore, it is clear that these women were not injured by jihadis in Sweden. The claim is false.