Fact Check: Old video of sacrilege passed off as recent incident in Bangladesh

A video of a person vandalizing an idol in a religious place is viral on Social Media. Users claim that the incident took place in Bangladesh recently.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  27 Oct 2021 10:00 AM GMT
Fact Check:  Old video of sacrilege passed off as recent incident in Bangladesh

Hyderabad: A video of a person vandalizing an idol in a religious place is viral on Social Media. Users claim that the incident took place in Bangladesh recently.

"Yet another religious place attacked. This time in Dhaka's Mirpur. A miscreant entered the place of worship and smashed the idol," reads the translation of the message.

Original claim: আবার হিন্দুদের মন্দির আক্রান্ত হলো

খোদ রাজধানী ঢাকার মিরপুর কেন্দ্রীয় মন্দিরে

মিঠুন চক্রবর্তী নামে পরিচয় দিয়ে মন্দিরে প্রার্থনা করবে বলে প্রবেশের অনুমতি নিয়ে মূল মন্দিরের ভিতরে ঢুকে প্রতিমা টেনে হিঁচড়ে মাটিতে ফেলে ভাঙচুর চালালো রাশেদুল হাসান নামে এক দুর্বৃত্ত!!

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Fact Check:

The claim is Misleading.

With the help of relevant keyword searches, NewsMeter came across a few news portals of Bangladesh, which reported the same incident in 2019.

https://www.dailyjagaran.com/m/country/news/10630

https://www.jagonews24.com/m/national/news/484295

According to these reports, on February 28, 2019, a man entered a religious place in Mirpur. He told the priest that he wanted to offer prayers.

https://sarabangla.net/post/sb-224119/

He stood inside the religious place with his hands folded and started praying. He later entered the sanctum sanctorum and vandalized the idol. After the incident, the priest handed the man to the police.

Next, in the viral clip, the logo read 'Ekattor. tv'. Taking this as a clue, we searched on YouTube and found the original news clip on its YouTube channel, uploaded on February 28, 2019. The video description gives the same details as to how a miscreant attacked a religious place in Mirpur, Dhaka.

The fact-checker had a closer look at the visuals which showed the date stamp of the CCTV footage as 28 February 2019.


Hence, the claim is misleading. The incident is two years old.

Claim Review:A video of sacrilege in Bangladesh.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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