Woman vandalizing idols is from Bahrain, not Kerala

A video of a burqa-clad woman vandalizing idols in a store is going viral on social media. Users claim that the incident has occurred in Kerala.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  28 July 2022 11:48 AM GMT
Woman vandalizing idols is from Bahrain, not Kerala

Hyderabad: A video of a burqa-clad woman vandalizing idols in a store is going viral on social media. Users claim that the incident has occurred in Kerala.

The video is accompanied by a caption that reads, "Facebook user posted the video with the caption: केरल के इस विडियो को देखें और इसे जितना हो सके उतना फॉरवर्ड करें …. अगर आप यू आज चुप रहते हैं तो हमें नुकसान होगा … क्योंकि *6 महीने के बाद इसे आगे बढ़ाने का कोई फायदा नहीं होगा* … उँगलियाँ घुमाएँ और इसे आगे बढ़ाएँ अभी."

The caption translated in English reads, "Watch this video of Kerala and forward it as much as you can, if u keep quiet today, we will be at loss…because after 6 months it will not have any effect… share the video now."

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Fact Check:

The claim is false.

NewsMeter found a tweet by the Ministry of Interior, Bahrain, on August 16, 2020, informing that the woman in the viral video, was summoned by the police.

Further, the link in the tweet took us to the Ministry of Interior's official website, where they issued an official statement on the case.

https://www.policemc.gov.bh/en/news/ministry/107199

We also discovered that an August 16, 2020 tweet by Bahrain's advisor to the king and former foreign minister, Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The diplomat condemned the woman's actions, calling them an intrusive and unacceptable hate crime.

https://twitter.com/khalidalkhalifa?t=cK7Oq2m2yPdqP_EhdGsCLg&s=09

We also found an article published by The Times of India, on August 17, 2020, titled, 'Bahrain woman charged with insulting Hindu religious symbol.'

According to the article, a 54-year-old woman smashed statues of the Hindu god Ganesha inside a souvenir shop in Manama's Juffair district. She was later arrested and prosecuted for her actions.

https://m.timesofindia.com/

Many other mainstream national publications and international media houses covered the news.

https://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2020/aug/17/bahrain-woman-charged-for-smashing-lord-ganesha-idol-in-store-after-video-surfaces-2184522.html

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2020/08/315719/woman-destroys-hindu-idols-in-bahrain-shop-sparks-uproar-in-india?fbclid=IwAR0iaT1MNIyR9PvJLihmK1DZIvCOlZSyVra6uxAaqTnjYvkrmyrzDum-YqI

Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Woman vandalizing idols is from Kerala
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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