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After The Fake Death Of Poonam Pandey, Old Image Of Arshi Pandey From Uttarakhand Circulated With Communal Claims: Fact-Check

There was a viral report that actress and social media star Poonam Pandey died of cervical cancer. According to a shared image, her husband physically abused her to the point where she had to be admitted to the hospital.

Azzat Alsalem (“@AzzatAlsaalem“) tweeted “Poonam Pandey married Shamshad Ali aka Sam! Shamshed beat and tortured her so much that her jaw broke, eye injury, neck sprain, was admitted to hospital.” on Feb 3, 2024. The tweet has received an about 25.6k views on X.

Several other accounts, including @OpIndia_com claimed that after Poonam Pandey passed away, there was talk about how the model-turned-actor had suffered brain haemorrhage and had been physically abused by her ex-husband, Sam Ahmed. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

Later, she claimed to be raising “awareness” for cervical cancer in an Instagram video. Propaganda is now being spread by extremists. Extremist websites like OpIndia, however, gave it a communal perspective, and a few other right-wing accounts included a picture of Arushi Pandey from Poonam Pandey’s 2018 murder, the wife of transporter Lakshmi Dutt Pandey. Then, Arshi, his daughter, suffered severe injuries.

We visited jagran, which published an article on this incident on September 15, 2018 with the headline “Arshi discharged from hospital, police guard will remain at home”. The article gave clarity about the truth of the incident in details.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

To give a #PoonamPandeyDeath hoax a communal angle, various extremist portals spreading out-of-context images and news. A rumour went viral claiming that social media celebrity and actress Poonam Pandey passed away from cervical cancer. A publicly shared photo purports to show that her husband mistreated her physically to the extent that she required hospitalisation. In an Instagram video later, she claimed to be spreading “awareness” about cervical cancer. Extremists are now spreading propaganda. Extremist websites like OpIndia, however, gave it a communal perspective, and a few other right-wing accounts included a picture of Arushi Pandey from Poonam Pandey’s 2018 murder, the wife of transporter Lakshmi Dutt Pandey. His daughter Arshi was seriously injured then.

Conclusion:

Fact : Later, the actress claimed to be raising “awareness” for cervical cancer in an Instagram video. Propaganda is now being spread by extremists. Extremist websites like OpIndia, however, gave it a communal perspective, and a few other right-wing accounts included a picture of Arushi Pandey from Poonam Pandey’s 2018 murder, the wife of transporter Lakshmi Dutt Pandey. Then, Arshi, his daughter, suffered severe injuries.

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