False Claims: Indian Media Resorts to Peddling Misinformation About Pakistan
Indian media outlets continue to stoop to new lows in their efforts to malign Pakistan, this time by circulating an unverified image of a padlocked grave that they claimed was a common practice in Pakistan. According to their reports, parents in Pakistan padlock the graves of their ‘daughters’ to protect their bodies from being raped. However, these claims are completely unfounded and have been debunked by fact-checkers.
Debunking the Claims – The Truth About the Padlocked Graves
The image was first tweeted by Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch. Following this, it was picked up by several Indian news outlets. However, fact-checkers were quick to dig into the matter and found that the image was actually from a cemetery located in Hyderabad, India.
The cemetery in question is located opposite the Masjid-e-Salar Mulk mosque in Darab Jung Colony, Madannapet in Hyderabad. The graves were padlocked by families to prevent others from burying more bodies at the final resting place of their loved ones. Thus, the claims made by Indian media outlets are entirely baseless and unfounded.
As soon as the truth was revealed, Pakistani netizens took to social media to call out the false claims made by Indian media outlets. Many urged Indian media to focus on the increasing number of cases of violence against women in India, rather than resorting to false claims to defame Pakistan.
The Spread of Misinformation
This is not the first time that Indian media outlets have resorted to propagating misinformation to target and defame Pakistan. In the past, they have circulated false claims about Pakistan’s involvement in terrorist activities, and have tried to create a negative image of the country in the global sphere. However, these attempts have always been debunked by fact-checkers and have failed to gain traction outside of India.
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