HYDERABAD: A picture of a woman in a purple and black costume along with her friends is viral on social media. Users claim that they are students from Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who are protesting against Hindu women wearing saree and sindoor.

Several social media users have shared the picture with the text: "Progressive students of #JNU opposed Hindu women in sarees, bindi, and sindoor. A boy wearing saffron dhoti, a kurta, an earring in his nose, putting vermilion in demand. JNU opposes Hindu culture mental disorder (sic)".

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NewsMeter found that this viral image is related to the 2019 Pride Protest in Kolkata.

A reverse image search led to an Instagram profile that carried the same image from December 2019 with the caption: "Pride Snippets". The user is identified as Panchali Kar and the location mentioned is Baghbazar Street in Kolkata.

On December 29, 2019, Kolkata was "painted with the colors of the rainbow, as the city organized Pride Walk". The walk started from Mohammad Ali Park in North Calcutta up to Bagbazar.

The report by Daily Hunt reads: "The walk was also in protest against the ongoing CAA and NRC (National Registers of Citizen)".

According to a website `Youth Ki Awaaz', the walk was mainly aimed at seeking support on the consensus to revise the Transgender Person (Protection of Rights) Bill. This report also carries the same viral image and states that Panchali Kar participated in the Pride Walk.

The viral image is from the 2019 Pride parade in Kolkata and not related to JNU students protest

Evidently, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   JNU protest against Hindu culture
Claimed By :  Twitter 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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