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Fact Check: Unrelated Image 2017 Viral With A False Message On Social Media

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An unrelated image from 2017 is being shared with a false message insinuating the contentious 'Love Jihad' angle.

Recently, an image is being widely shared on social media platforms along with a message it insinuating the contentious 'Love Jihad' angle. The picture shows a young boy and girl being questioned by the police while some people in the background capturing the visuals. 

A Facebook user shared the image along with a message in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "There is a park in Noida, near Okhla named 'Budh Park'. Yesterday, Yogi's anti-Romeo squad caught a boy and girl sitting there. When asked about the name the boy said Lalit and the girl said Vandana. Both said that they were sitting with consent. The police uncle was not to listen. He asked for their ID cards. The girl quickly showed the ID of the college. When the boy got hesitant, then the policeman caught his ear. When the card came out of the purse. The name was 'Rehan.  The ground slipped under the girl's feet. Vandana was not able to see anything else than the Hanuman's locket on Lalit's neck. Did you understand something? After all, what is this anti-Romeo squad created for? Explain to your sister-daughter that you should not befriend any boy without the consent of the family. Do not get trapped in any kind of temptation.Jai Satya Sanatan Hindu Religion."

This post received over 100 reshares at the time of writing this article.

The image is widely shared on Facebook with the same narrative. 

The image is also being widely shared on Twitter with the same message. 


The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. 

With the help of reverse image search, we found this image carried in a report published on June 25, 2017. The image credited to news agency IANS had a caption, "The Uttar Pradesh police's anti-Romeo squad at work in state capital Lucknow on March 22."

The report talks about how the UP government's anti-Romeo has led to a problem of moral-policing the state. However, following complaints that the police were using the anti-Romeo squads to indulge in moral policing, the state police chief issued an advisory saying that the force should not harass couples sitting in coffee shops and parks, or humiliate them by punishing them.

Moreover, we did not find any such report confirming the claims made in the viral post. 

In conclusion, an unrelated image from 2017 is being shared with a false message insinuating the contentious 'Love Jihad' angle.

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