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A self-immolation incident is being shared as Christian couple set on fire by RSS men


A disturbing video of a couple burnt badly is being shared widely on Twitter with the claim ‘UP, India: Christian couple was set on fire by the Hindu radicals RSS after the man resisted forcible occupation of his land. Son kept sobbing..this is horrifying!! World has turned a blind eye to what is happening in India’. On Facebook, a photo of a visual seen in that video is being shared with the same claim.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Video of a Christian couple in UP set on fire by Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) men as they resisted the forcible occupation of their land.

Fact: Video shows a couple who set themselves ablaze in the premises of Surir police station (Mathura), as they failed to get justice on a harassment complaint filed by them. So, the claim is FALSE.

When searched on Google with keywords ‘UP couple set on fire’, many search results were obtained. The search result of ‘The Times of India’ had the same video clip in its article published on that incident. From the article, it is known that a couple in Mathura district have set themselves ablaze at the premises of Surir Police Station as the Police have failed to take action against their neighbour who has been harassing them for a long time. So, there is no communal angle to this incident.

As the video went viral with the same claim, Mathura Police have clarified tweeting that the claim is baseless and false.

To conclude, a video of self-immolation by a couple in UP is being shared as that of a Christian couple set on fire by RSS men.

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