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.

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.

Therefore, it is clear that these women were not injured by jihadis in Sweden. The claim is false.

Claim Review :   BJP leader’s claim that 16 women were injured by jihadis in Sweden
Claimed By :  social media users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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