Several media outlets also included a tweet by an apostate, Harris Sultan, who also shared the contentious image on Twitter and alleged that it was taken in Pakistan.
NEW DELHI – If reports in a section of Indian media are to be believed the social environment in Pakistan has given rise to a “sexually charged and repressed society” in that country.
An image of a grave with a padlocked grille over it was picked up over the last few days by Indian media outlets which then falsely reported that the incident occurred in Pakistan and was done in an effort to prevent necrophilia ( sexual intercourse with a corpse).
The image of grave used by Indian media outlets was actually from a cemetery in India’s Hyderabad city and the grave was padlocked for other reasons not for fear of necrophilia, according to confirmed sources.
On April 27, India Today — citing social media images — reported that some Pakistanis have resorted to locking their daughter’s graves “to protect them from sexual violence.”
On April 29, ANI regurgitated the claims without citing any sources or officials and also referenced an editorial published in Pakistani newspaper Daily Times.
According to the fact-checking website Alt News, several Indian news media outlets, including the Times of India and NDTV, published ANI report from their syndicated feed.
Alt News also reported that the Hindustan Times, in an article that was deleted later, displayed the same picture as used by ANI.
Several media outlets also included a tweet by an apostate, Harris Sultan, who also shared the same image on Twitter and alleged that it was taken in Pakistan.
In a fact-check published on April 30, Alt News said that the image used by Indian media outlets was actually from a cemetery in India’s Hyderabad.
“The cemetery is located opposite Masjid E Salar Mulk, a mosque in Darab Jung Colony, Madannapet, Hyderabad,” the report said, also adding an image of the cemetery’s Google Street View wherein the grave in question was clearly visible.
It also contacted a social activist and a Hyderabad resident, who then visited the spot and provided pictures of the grave in question.
The social activist quoted the mosque’s muezzin as saying that the padlocked grave, which was approximately one-and-a-half to two-year-old, was constructed without the permission of the graveyard committee.
“A lot of people come here and bury bodies over old graves without permission. The people who already have their close ones resting here have had complaints since they come here to read Fateha. In order to prevent others from burying any bodies further, the families have put the grille there,” the muezzin was quoted as saying.
He said the grille had been placed to prevent people from “stamping on the grave since it was located right at the entrance”.
After the fact-check was published, ANI put up an article titled ‘Representative viral pictures of necrophilia story by Pakistan’s Daily Times incorrect, grave from Hyderabad’.
“The picture related to the necrophilia news article from Pakistan, which was reported earlier by Daily Times, was wrong as the image was of a grave in India’s Hyderabad,” the article read.
NDTV subsequently carried the ANI report while the Times of India published its own story clarifying that the image in question was from India.
Photo: The image of the padlocked grave as shared by ANI.