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Photograph by an Iranian visual artist is viral as Iraqi orphan girl missing her mother

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Social Media: The battle between the United States Army and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has left many people displaced in Iraq. Decades of war in Iraq had a huge impact on the children. It is estimated that more than 2 million children are not getting any education, with most of them displaced and lost their families. A picture of a girl-child went viral as soon as American intervention started in Iraq in 2014. In the viral photo, the  girl can be seen sleeping on an drawing, supposedly of her mother. Many people have been sharing the photo with the claim as an Iraqi girl missing her mother.

The viral claim:

9GaG, a social media portal famous for memes has also made the same claim, “An Iraqi girl in an orphanage – missing her mother so she drew her and fell asleep inside her.” Most of the viral claim related to this photo is an Iraqi girl. But the truth is the original photo was clicked in Iran.

The claim is viral here, here, here.

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With a quick reverse image search using TinEye we were led to many websites and portal with different stories, by drilling down to many other pages we found the original photo posted by Bahareh bisheh from Iran in 2012 on Flickr , a photo-sharing social site. The caption of the image says ‘I have a mother’. The photo went so viral with different claims. According to his Instagram account, Bahareh Bisheh is a Visual Artist , Illustrator, Photographer based in Iran, he is known for making such creative photos/visuals, please watch this YouTube video where he shared many such photos created by him.

While replying to a user Bahareh said “This little girl is my cousin and she actually fell asleep on the asphalt just outside my house. She must have played for some time and just lied to rest and fell asleep. I have used a chair to stand on in order to take this shot. There is no orphanage involved and no tragic story behind this. I took this opportunity to be creative. It is a style of photography. You can use my photos in your web blog If you mention my name as the photographer of this photo. thanks to all for the consideration .”

Conclusion: The child is neither missing her mother nor she is from Iraq, it was her uncle, a visual artist, created this photo. All the viral claims about this image are found to be false.

 

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Edited pic of Deepika Padukone’s top with “I STAND WITH INDIAN FARMERS” caption is viral

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Mumbai: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was summoned by the Narcotics control bureau(NCB), Mumbai for investigation of drugs consumption/practice in Bollywood which is allegedly linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case. Deepika was in Mumbai on 26th September for NCB investigation. At the same time, farmers in India were protesting against the NDA govt.’s farm bills which were passed in the Parliament the same week.

A Photo of Deepika Padukone went viral on social media, where Deepika can be seen wearing a Black t-shirt with “I Stand with Indian Farmers” written over the tee. A Facebook page by name ‘कन्हैया कुमार फैन'(Kanhaiya Kumar Fan) posted the same photo which got over 7.5K shares and 81k likes. Archive

Caption says “ध्यान से देखिए. टी शर्ट में लिखा है I stand with Indian Farmers. मतलब दीपिका ने गोदी मीडिया को उसकी औकात दिखा दी” (Read carefully, i Stand with Indian farmers written over t-shirt, Means Deepika has shown the Godi Media its value).

The photo has been shared over twitter by many users.

Many users have shared this edited photo of Deepika Padukone on twitter, find here. Last Month, Sushant Singh Rajput’s Ex-Girlfriend Reah Chakraborty was seen wearing a t-shirt with the quote “Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s smash the patriarchy, me and you” when she was visiting NCB office in Mumbai for interrogation, and later she was arrested after 9 hours of interrogation.

On 9th January,  Deepika Padukone was seen standing with JNU students in solidarity after JNU student leader and other students were beaten by allegedly ABVP members. Deepika was praised by many across India for her bold move and standing against the odds.

FactO Check:

To find the truth about this viral photo, we did a simple reverse image search and found an Indian Express article published on 20th March 2018 with the heading “Celeb spotting: Priyanka Chopra, Chitrangda Singh, Deepika Padukone, and others”, the Deepika photo was captioned as “Deepika Padukone was seen coming out of the airport. (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)”.

Conclusion: Photoshopped photo of Deepika Padukone has been shared during the Farmer’s protest. The original photo is 2 years old as per the source. The claims are misleading and false.

 

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25 year old Amul’s cartoon resurfaced, after Kangana-Urmila controversy

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Mumbai: While talking to Rajdeed Sardesai of India Today, Actress Urmila Matondkar refused Kangana’s claim of Drugs exercise in Bollywood parties. On the same day Kangana Ranaut called Urmila a soft-porn-start on national TV, while talking to Navika Kumar of Times now. Kangana said, “Urmila Matondkar, she is soft porn star, she is not known for her acting for sure, what is she’s known for? for doing soft porn, right. If she can get a ticket, why can’t I get a ticket?”.

Amul Corp, which is known for its daily toon on current affairs, was accused of featuring Urmila in their latest cartoon. Many took on twitter asking Amul’s stand on the sexist cartoon on Urmila Matondkar.

A twitter user and INC member as per her Twitter bio, wrote “Amul has displayed the worst possible taste in releasing this ad. Playing up the ‘Urmilla Matondkar is a soft-porn actress’ accusation. Seriously, Amul?”,  (Archive)

Another wtitter user, Shah Alam Kham, wrote. “Dear @Amul_Coop @amulcares When you objectify female body it’s poor ethics. When you take sides and then objectify a woman from the other side, it’s vile, obnoxious mind set. In this corporatised world, this is also poor consumerism. You lost one customer for life.” (Archive)

FactO Check:

With a simple reverse image search, we found the cartoon on Amul’s official website, with the heading Amul hits 1995. The viral cartoon can be seen In the 2nd page. The viral Amul’s cartoon was made in 1995 during the Bollywood movie Rangela’s poster release, where Urmila was seen completely different from the 1992 movie Masoom. That’s the reason the tag line on Amul toon was “Not Masoom Anymore?”.

Ram Gopal Verma a well known Bollywood director posted the photo saying “Amul hoarding after RANGEELA released”.

While replying to Swati Chaturvedi, Anurag Kashyap tweeted, “If I am not mistaken, this came out when “Rangeela” released and not now. And it was based on the fact that Urmila was the child actor in “Masoom”. It was meant to be an appreciation. Now misused by trolls after the current scenario.”

Conclusion: We have found the viral Amul cartoon was made during the Bollywood movie Rangeela’s poster release, it’s not the latest cartoon as claimed by social media users

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Kangana Ranaut falls for satire, thanks Facebook for ‘mark yourself safe from Shiv Sena’ feature and later clarifies.

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Mumbai: Kangana has been in the limelight since the day she joined Twitter officially. She was initially in the news demanding justice for Sushant Singh Rajput, but then eventually tables have turned, due to Kangana Ranaut’s remarks on comparing Mumbai to PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). The focus now has shifted to Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena govt. vs Kangana Ranaut. Yesterday, she quoted “The Fauxy” in a tweet (Archive) thanking Facebook for introducing “Mark Yourself Safe From Shivsena Goons”. The Fauxy published an article satirical portal after an attack on Retd Navy officer by Shiv Sena goons for sharing a cartoon (archive here)

Kangana’s tweet went so viral and received over 8K RTs. She Wrote “Thank you Facebook free speech must be protected in a democracy, people need to be protected from Sonia Sena goons much like COVID -19 virus, thank you for being considerate, well done (Clap Emoji)”

In her previous tweets, she misled many people by sharing a 10-year-old Aamir khan’s fake quote , again falsely claiming that Aamir Khan said he was scared of India.

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When we checked their twitter handle and website, we found a disclaimer that says, “The Fauxy is a Satire Web Portal. The content of this website is a work of fiction. Readers are advised not to confuse the articles of The Fauxy as genuine and true.” We also found that many twitter users replied to the Kangana’s tweet and informed her the same. After multiple replies and clarifications by twitter users, the actress finally responded, but not to her tweet.

We found a tweet by Kangana responding to FJP India(Free Journal Press), where she has clarified that she was being sarcastic.

Conclusion: The social media users have a divided opinion on this. While many have trolled the actress, some believe that her tweet is intended for sarcasm. It would have been better, if Kangana has replied to her own tweet clarifying the issue.

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