A few days ago in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, a video spread on social media showing a mentally challenged youth with “Jai Bholenath” written on his forehead. Propagandists claimed that a member of the Hindu community forcibly carved the phrase on his forehead, leading to communal tension. The video with misleading claims was shared by several users, prominent ones being @ghoshi_manjeet, @AAPkaRamGupta, @HajiRangrez786, @mohdarbazhalimi, and @ASalamJMI.
Contrary to the claims, upon investigation by the Bareilly Police, it was revealed that both the victim and the accused were cousins and members of the same minority community. The incident had no religious purpose. The victim’s mother also refused to take any action against the accused, as confirmed by Bareilly Police’s statement on Twitter.
Details of the Incident:
In Shahbad Mohalla of Premnagar police station area in Bareilly, a mentally ill youth had “Jai Bholenath” tattooed on his forehead by his cousin brother using a sharp tool. This resulted in bleeding and a family uproar demanding action against the accused. Eventually, both families reached a compromise. The police intervened, urging both parties to settle the matter amicably and issued strict instructions to maintain peace.
The mentally challenged youth lived with his family in Shahabad, renting a house from a relative who worked as an electrician. The incident occurred when the cousin brother, Shadab Khan, tattooed “Jai Bholenath” on his forehead.
Although tensions flared initially, both families reached an agreement not to pursue legal action. Inspector Rajesh Kumar Singh of Premnagar police station emphasized that they do not want any further action taken. However, the police issued a stern warning that any future incidents disrupting communal harmony would be dealt with accordingly.
Contrary to the initial claims, the incident involving “Jai Bholenath” on a mentally challenged youth’s forehead was a family matter and not a religious or communal one. The involved parties have resolved their differences, and the police have warned against any future incidents that could incite tensions. Following comprehensive analysis and meticulous fact-checking, our team has investigated the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread embedded below. Moreover, we have attached an article for a better understanding of the incident [archived].
Claim: “Jai Bholenath” was forcibly written on a mentally challenged youth’s forehead by a Hindu individual.
Fact: False. The incident involved two cousins from the same minority community, with no religious or communal implications.
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