In the wake of spread of Corona Virus in India, a video is being circulated on social media alleging that a few Muslims infected with the deadly virus are licking plates and cutlery with an intention to make non-Muslims eat in it to further spread the virus among the non-Muslims. Fact Crescendo, a fact-checking website had earlier fact-checked the claim of the video when it was being circulate adding that Muslims were licking plates and cutlery to Hindus to eat in it on Eid.
The fact check story had then concluded that it was a culture and tradition in Bohra Community to lick their plates and cutlery after finishing their meal so as to not waste any food.
Below is the story published on https://english.factcrescendo.com/ in June 2019 and its finding.
Here's what the story revealed:
A Facebook user named ‘Shiv Rajput’ shared a post on 6 June 2019. The post as translated from Hindi quoted “Special preparations on Eid for Hindu brothers. Carefully look after the Hindu Muslim brother.” As per this post’s claim, Muslims are putting their spit on plate, bowl and spoon before feeding the Hindus on Eid’s occasion. Let us see what the facts are!
We were sceptical because we did not see the hat of the boys resembling the cap of Muslims, which raised our suspicion for fact check. We then started our investigation by searching on Google with ‘muslims cleaning plate using their saliva’ key words. What we got in the search is below:
In this search we got a video given by ‘Vimeo’, which is similar to the video given in the above post. According to this story, this video is of Bohra community, People of Dawoodi Bohra community do not waste food. That is why after eating, he lick all the utensils such as plate, spoon and bowl to ensure no food wastage and then wash the vessels.
To confirm this, we searched the screen shot of the video on ‘Bing Image Search’. What we got in the search is below:
In this search we got links to various websites which have given information about Bohra culture. Some of them also mention the traditional practice of ‘No Food Wastage. The most important thing is that the cap worn by the boys in the video of the above post matched with the Bohra community people shown in our search. We took the picture shown below from a publication on the Bohra’s eating style published by ‘Outlookindia’ and compared it with the screenshot taken from the video of the above post. The hat matched in both images as shown below.
This search confirms that the video shown in the above post is of Bohra religion and not the feast of Muslims during the Eid for the Hindus.
Fact Crescendo has fact checked and confirms that the video shared in the post is with a wrong narrative. We categorise the story as FALSE.
FactCrescendo advises its readers to refrain from sharing such misleading and communally biased videos and do a self-check on the true narrative of such incidents before believing them.
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Ayodhya: People at a village here have reported that a cow is standing in a pond waiting for death after explosives wrapped in dough blew up its jaw, a case similar to the one that caused the death of an elephant in Kerala in May.
Police have arrested two men and a vet has been assigned to take care of the stray animal which local residents say could be a cow or an ox in Datauli village under Maharajganj police station of the district.
Those arrested have been identified as Satyanam Triveni (32) and Bhola Ram Dayal (35), the police said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ayodhya, Virendra Vikram said the duo used to hunt wild boar and other animals for meat using dough filled with explosives.
He said the cow was in search of food and ate the dough.
Ayodhya Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. A K Shrivastava told PTI that a veterinarian has been sent to the spot. "I received Ayodhya DM's text message on my mobile and have sent a doctor to the spot," he said.
A pregnant elephant died in Kerala's Palakkad in May after it accidentally ate a fruit stuffed with crackers, triggering widespread outrage.