In the digital era, the rapid dissemination of information can often lead to the distortion of facts and the creation of false narratives. Recently, a sensitive video featuring a severely injured woman has been making rounds on social media. The video is accompanied by a misleading claim suggesting that her arm was severed while attempting to climb an overcrowded bus due to a newly implemented free bus ride law for women. However, upon closer examination, it becomes evident that the truth behind the incident has been twisted. In this blog, we will delve into the incident, scrutinize the misleading tweets, explore the fact-checking conducted by D-Intent, and shed light on the true intent behind the circulation of the video.
The incident revolves around a video that showcases a woman with severe injuries. Misleading tweets accompanying the video falsely assert that her arm was severed while attempting to board a crowded bus due to the implementation of a free bus ride law for women. However, the actual facts tell a different story. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) clarified that an accident occurred when a lorry from the opposite direction collided with the bus, resulting in serious injuries to female passengers seated near the windows. Mrs. Shanta Kumari had her right hand amputated, while Mrs. Rajamma sustained a severe injury to her right hand. Both injured individuals were admitted to the hospital, and an FIR was registered against the lorry driver at the Biligere police station.
The Misleading Tweets:
Tweet by @JIX5A: The Twitter user @JIX5A shared the sensitive video, claiming that the woman’s arm was cut off while attempting to climb a crowded bus due to the new free bus ride law for women. The tweet can be accessed here. (archived)
Tweet by @accidental_cmo: Another Twitter user, @accidental_cmo, echoed the misleading narrative, further spreading the false claim without verifying the facts. The tweet can be found here.
Tweet by @ajaychauhan41: @ajaychauhan41 also contributed to the misinformation, sharing the video with a misleading claim, thus perpetuating the false narrative. The tweet can be accessed here.
Fact-Checking by D-Intent:
D-Intent, a renowned fact-checking organization, conducted a meticulous investigation to uncover the truth behind the incident. Here is what they discovered:
Clarification by KSRTC: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) issued a statement clarifying the circumstances of the incident. They confirmed that the injuries sustained by the women were a result of a collision with a lorry, not the result of attempting to board a crowded bus due to the free bus ride law for women. The KSRTC tweet can be accessed here. (archived)
The Intent behind the Incident:
Upon careful analysis, it becomes evident that certain social media accounts are deliberately circulating sensitive videos with false claims. Their intent is to create panic among female passengers in the state and paint a negative image of the newly implemented bus fare law. These accounts, driven by an anti-Congress agenda, seek to exploit the incident to further their own propaganda, spreading misinformation and distorting the truth.
The circulation of a video depicting a severely injured woman with misleading claims highlights the prevalence of misinformation on social media platforms. Through the diligent fact-checking efforts of organizations like D-Intent, we can unravel the truth and combat the propagation of false narratives. It is crucial to verify information before accepting and spreading it, as a well-informed digital society is essential in combating the dangers of misinformation and promoting responsible sharing of content.