On November 29, Amar Ujala and Dainik Jagran reported that a 15-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district was raped by two men. Subsequently, several social media users shared a clipping of Jagran’s report and claimed that the girl was raped by two “jihadis”.
Patanjali’s Rakesh, a verified Twitter user, posted the viral news clipping. His tweet gained over 1,000 retweets. It stated that the incident happened in a Hindu majority village named Ramla, thus implying that the victim was from the Hindu community.
क्या बागपत पाक या अफगानिस्तान में है?? :-
डरे हुए लोगो के काम
65% हिंदुओ वाले रामला गांव में पिता घर से बाहर थे।गांव के 2 जिहादी जबदस्ती हिन्दू घर मे घुसे, दिन दहाड़े 15 वर्षीय लड़की को अगवा कर साथ ले गए।
रात भर लड़की से बलात्कार किया और सुबह उसको घर के पास छोड़ गए। pic.twitter.com/usShiiVfo8
— भारत (@rakesh_bstpyp) November 30, 2021
This was earlier posted by a Facebook user. In fact, several Facebook and Twitter users have posted the clipping. Using Crowdtangle, a social media research tool, Alt News noticed that it has been posted across multiple pro-Hindu FB groups such as ‘HINDU COMMUNITY IN USA‘; ‘🚩हिन्दू धर्म रक्षक💪’ [Protector of Hindu religion]; and ‘हिन्दू राष्ट्र 🚩🙏 (ग्रुप में अपने 50 मित्रों को जोड़े🙏)’ [Hindu protector (add 50 friends in the group)] among others.
Baghpat police debunks false anti-Muslim spin
On December 1, Baghpat police tweeted two images stating that two men were arrested in the case. The first image is a statement that gives details of the arrest. While the other shows the accused.
— Baghpat Police (@baghpatpolice) November 30, 2021
The accused are Prashant, son of Bharat, and Paramjeet, son of Ravindra.
Both are charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 363 (punishment for kidnapping) and 376 (punishment for rape).
On December 3, Baghpat police quote-tweeted @rakesh_bstpyp and @Maitreyeechakr5 stating, “Baghpat police denies misleading information related to the religion of the victim and the accused being circulated on certain social media platforms.”
थाना रमाला पर दि 29.11.21 को पंजीकृत मुकदमे की अपहृता को बरामद कर दोनो अभियुक्तों को गिरफ्तार किया गया। कतिपय सोशल मीडिया प्लेटफॉर्म पर प्रसारित की जा रही पीड़िता व अभियुक्तों के धर्म से सम्बन्धित भ्रामक सूचना का बागपत पुलिस खण्डन करती है।#BPTViralCheck https://t.co/AafHtoo1T3 https://t.co/PntBKkggf1 pic.twitter.com/gvASWQfA3O
— Baghpat Police (@baghpatpolice) December 3, 2021
Alt News spoke with a local journalist who shared a press note by Ramala Thana. He informed that the victim hails from a minority community in Baghpat. Alt News spoke with Baghpat SHO. He said, “The accused and victims are from different communities. The victim, who is a minor, is from a minority community.” According to the official census 2011, Hindus form a majority in the Baghpat district.
The claim that Muslims raped a minor girl in UP’s Baghpat is, therefore, false.