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Fact Check: Three years old picture of a family committing suicide in Rajasthan revived amid migrant crisis

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The viral picture of a family committing suicide is an old one from 2017. The picture has no relation to the ongoing situations due to the covid19 lockdown in India or Pakistan.

A picture is getting viral on social media in which the bodies of four people of the same family are seen hanging on the pipe under the tin shed. 

A Facebook user Jahid Hussain shared the picture with a claim that "A heart-rending incident has exposed the relief of the government. Has the country been seen mentioning these heart-warming incidents by any minister or officer of the Central Government….? Modi Ji, what kind of new India have you created…!( Translated from Hindi )

The same picture is also getting viral on Twitter linking it with Pakistan. A parody account of Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami tweeted the picture with a caption, "A Pakistani Maulvi Gaji Safdar beat a Pakistani Shoe Maker Hindu, for touching his Water Tap. Maulvi shouted at Them...You Untouchable Low Caste. And then he thrashed him badly...after the incident The Pakistani Hindu Committed Suicide with his family".

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In our investigation, we found that the viral image of a 2017 incident from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur is viral with the false claim.

After doing the reverse image search, we found this picture on the website of the Egyptian General of Forensic Science. This picture was used in a report published on 30 October 2019.

The report was published last year in October by a team from the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, All India Institute of Medical (AIIMS). The report was about a rare case of the filicide-suicide, where the perpetrators were parents who killed their children by hanging before hanging themselves at their residence.

According to the report, a five-member family consisting of a couple and their three children lived in a hut adjacent to the farm, where they used to work to earn their living. The couple was illiterate and belonged to a low socio-economic level. On the day of the incident, the father, mother, and two children, aged 35, 32, 8, and 5 years respectively, were found completely suspended side by side from an iron pipe on the roof of their hut. The eldest son, aged 11, was sleeping in the same room but was unharmed and saw his family members hanging when he woke up early in the morning. He immediately rushed to the nearby temple and informed the caretaker who called the police. Investigating police officers found no evidence of struggle/scuffle at the scene.

According to the news published on 1 September 2017 on the Aaj Tak's website, the incident took place in Bhakri village of Jodhpur.

In conclusion, the viral picture of a family committing suicide is an old one from 2017. The picture has no relation to the ongoing situations due to the covid19 lockdown in India or Pakistan.

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