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Protestors faking injuries? No, they were expressing solidarity with a fellow Jamia student who lost an eye

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A photo of a protestor is being widely shared on social media with a claim that the protestors were faking injuries to play the victim card. They are also trolling the protestors with the remark that no Doctor will tie the bandage over the hijab. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: The bandage over the hijab reveals the truth that the protestors were faking injuries to play the victim card

Fact: The protestors wore the bandage over one eye in solidarity with Minhajuddin, a Jamia Student who lost an eye during the protests. They were not faking injuries but expressing solidarity with the injured Jamia Student. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.    

On the posted photo, it can be seen that there is a name – ‘Zafar Abbas’. So, when searched for that person on Google, an Indian Journalist’s Twitter account with the same name was found in the search results. It can be seen that he has posted the same photo on his account. When some users trolled the picture with the ‘bandage over the hijab’ remark, he commented on the photo with another tweet – ‘Jamia student bandage one eye in solidarity with Minhajuddin, a Jamia Student who lost an eye in Delhi police attack on December 15.’ More about Minhajuddin can be found here. The news articles regarding the ‘one eye bandaged’ protests can be read here and here.

The method of protesting by portraying the victims is not new. Many people around the world protest against various actions by dressing up to portray the victims. The news articles regarding those protests can be read here, here, here and here.

To sum it up, the protestors were expressing solidarity with a fellow Jamia student who lost an eye.

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