Fact Check: Image of bruised Assam MLA resurfaces with false communal spin

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  6 Sep 2020 9:11 AM GMT
Fact Check: Image of bruised Assam MLA resurfaces with false communal spin

Hyderabad: An image of a woman with bruises on her face has resurfaced and is viral on social media with the claim that she was beaten by her Muslim husband. The claim states that the Hindu woman from Assam who left her first husband and eloped with a Muslim man is being beaten by the latter. The post below, that is now deleted, notched over 1,700 shares.

A Twitter user also shared the images with a Hindi message that alleges the same." This madam of Assam left her husband and little daughter and married a cutpiece Zakir Hussain and became # Rubia! Now Hussein is making a beautiful painting on his beautiful little thing like his Hur". (sic)

He used the word 'cutpiece' which is a derogatory word used to refer to Muslims. Click here to view the archive.


Newsmeter performed a keyword search and found a video report from India Today dated July 2, 2012. The report description reads, "Rumi Nath and her husband were beaten up and injured when they were attacked by a 100 strong mob in a hotel in Karimganj".

Rumi Nath, also known as Rabeya Sultana, is a politician from the Indian National Congress and was a member of Assam Legislative Assembly. Below is a comparison of the woman in the viral image and Rumi Nath.

An article by The Hindu states that the mob shouted slogans, threw stones and barged into their hotel room. Ms. Nath and her second husband Mr. Zakir took shelter inside the toilet but the mob broke open the door, dragged them out and beat them up. The SP said some people had been expressing resentment over her second marriage.

Nath, who was pregnant and representing Borkhola Assembly constituency in Barak Valley created a commotion by announcing her marriage to Zakir without divorcing her first husband. Her first husband, Rakesh Singh filed an FIR that she was allegedly kidnapped after she went missing the previous day. Ms. Nath, later, appeared in Guwahati on June 2 and said she was not kidnapped and that she was on a holiday trip to Agartala. She then announced that she and Mr. Zakir had been married and that her papers for divorce with her first husband were ready. This news led to the assault on Nath and Zakir.

Other media outlets like ABP News, Headlines Today, The Indian Express have also reported the incident.

Therefore an old incident is being shared with false communal spin and thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Image of bruised Assam MLA
Claimed By:social media users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:social media
Claim Fact Check:False
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