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Fact Check: 2012 Image Of Pak Woman Protesting Against Power Cuts In Lahore Viral With False Claims

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A picture showing a woman wearing burqa and holding an electric bulb in her mouth is doing the rounds on social media. Many users claim the image is from Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, where Muslim women staged a symbolic protest outside the house of newly elected SP MP Harendra Malik to get free electricity. 

A Facebook user posted the viral post (archive link) with the following caption: 8,500 के बाद ख़्वातीनों ने मुजफ्फरनगर में फ्री बिजली के लिए सपा सांसद हरेंद्र मलिक के आवास के बाहर मुंह में बल्ब डाल के किया सांकेतिक प्रदर्शन…😂😂😂

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found the claims to be false.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the viral picture, the NM team found a picture uploaded on Alamy, dated March 31, 2012. The picture matches with the viral one, describing that a woman supporter of the Pakistan Muslim League-N party, holding a bulb in her mouth during a rally, stages protest against the long-hours power cuts in Lahore. 

The same image was also published by Associate Press Newsroom’s website as well. Here too, we can see that the picture is from March 2012, and shows a woman protesting in Lahore, Pakistan. There is no mention of Uttar Pradesh or Muzaffarnagar anywhere. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post, claiming woman in Muzaffarnagar protested against the local MP for free electricity, is false.

 

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