Hyderabad: A picture of a woman holding a placard against Bollywood is viral on social media.
Users claim that the protest shows how furious people are with Bollywood for allegedly giving preference to Islamic content in its movies and songs.
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The claim is a hoax.
NewsMeter performed a Google Reverse Image Search of the viral image which directed us to the website of Gettyimages. According to the website, Indian students were holding placards and shouting slogans against rape in New Delhi during a protest in Amritsar on December 20, 2012.
Despite an outpouring of anger, observers say misogyny remains widespread in India where sex assaults are often dismissed as "teasing" and victims find themselves blamed for attacks. December 16 assault on a bus in New Delhi, which left a 23-year-old victim fighting for her life, triggered nationwide revulsion and protests.
We then found a news report by BBC News on December 21, 2012 headlined 'Fifth arrest in Delhi bus gang rape'. The report used a similar picture.
Another report published by Daily News on December 20, 2021 had also used a similar picture for a report headlined 'Indian women live in fear of violence as gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus sparks protests'
It is therefore evident that the claim made is a hoax. The girl did not hold a 'Boycott Bollywood' placard. It was a placard with a narration: 'Don't tell me how to dress! Tell them not to Rape!!'