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Fact Check: Image of domestic violence from Bangladesh passed off as Love Jihad in India

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The claim is false that woman in the viral pictures is a victim of love jihad in Kerala. We found that these are pictures of a Muslim woman from Bangladesh who was tortured by her husband and in-laws over dowry. It has nothing to do with India.

A set of photographs of a woman is getting viral on social media in which one image shows from her wedding and the others showing bruises on her face and back.

A Facebook user Gorakh Nath shares the image with a caption, "One more girl became a victim of love jihad in Kerala. Every girl initially says her lover is not like other Muslims. But when their eyes finally open, they are either murdered and stuffed in a suitcase, or sold to a brothel, or become a baby-producing machine".( Translated from Hindi)

The same post is also widely shared on Twitter with the same claim.

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In our investigation, we found that the viral claim is false. The image is from Dhaka, Bangladesh where a Muslim woman was tortured by her husband and in-laws over dowry

After doing a reverse image search on Google, we found a news report of Dhaka Tribune which was published on June 26, 2020. The report carried the same viral wedding photograph of the woman. According to this report, the girl is identified as Sumaiya Hasan, a housewife in Dhaka who was tortured by her husband Jahid Hasan, and his parents over dowry.

As per the report, Sumaiya and Zahid fell in love on Facebook five years ago and later got married. The quarrel between them has been going on for three years. She had earlier filed a complaint against her husband for domestic violence.

We found another report published by Dhaka Tribune on June 27, detailing her Facebook post with the viral picture with bruises on her face. She had shared her story on Facebook with six photos showing several wounds on her body. 

In her Facebook post, Sumaiya said the matter has been resolved and she has reconciled with her husband, considering the future of their eight-month-old daughter. She also says no case was filed against her husband. 

In both the news reports and in Sumaiya’s Facebook post, nowhere as it mentioned that she was a Hindu who converted to Islam after marriage.

In conclusion, the claim is false that woman in the viral pictures is a victim of love jihad in Kerala. We found that these are pictures of a Muslim woman from Bangladesh who was tortured by her husband and in-laws over dowry. It has nothing to do with India.

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