HYDERABAD: A still from a Bhojpuri movie is viral on social media with the false claim that Hindus are 'tortured' in West Bengal.
The viral image shows a man 'torturing' a woman on a road with many onlookers. The caption reads: "In Bengal, the houses of Hindus are burnt, temples are being demolished. Nevertheless, the UN Shanti Duniya silent world only speaks for the Rohingyas. Gaddar will now fight for our brothers #StandWithBengalHindus (sic)"
This claim is false as the image is a still from a Bhojpuri movie released in 2014.
We performed a reverse image search and found news reports by INDIA.COM and ABP LIVE. The 2017 reports carry the same image and report on the arrest of a few people by the Kolkata Police for sharing an image from a Bhojpuri film and "presenting it as one from the recent violence in West Bengal's 24 Parganas". The report states that the image is from a Bhojpuri movie "Aurat Khilona Nahi" that was released in 2014.
We then searched on YouTube for the full movie and the said still can be seen 2 hours and 11 minutes into the film.
Aurat Khilona Nahi is a Bhojpuri movie starring Manoj Tiwari, Monalisa and Rinku Ghosh. It is an action movie directed by Aslam Shaikh.
Clearly, a still from a movie has been passed on with false claims amid the West Bengal Assembly elections.