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The woman in the photo did not talk about double standards in Hinduism


An image of a woman is being shared on social media with a claim that she has converted herself into Islam as she did not like the double standards in Hinduism. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: The woman in the photo said that she got converted herself from Hinduism into Islam because a person can drink cow urine but cannot drink water from the hands of a Dalit in Hinduism.

Fact: The woman in the photo never mentioned about double standards in Hinduism. She mentioned that her husband forcibly converted her into Islam. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.  

When the image in the post was run through Google Reverse Image Search, the photo was found in a website called ‘Hindu Existence’. On that website, it was written that the name of the woman in the photo is Jaya Bhandari and she lives in Ranchi. When searched on Google with the information found, a news article published by Hindustan Times in 2015 was found in the search results. According to the article in the Hindustan Times, Jaya Bhandari (a divorcee) was forcibly converted into Islam by her second husband. It can also be read that she filed a police complaint as her husband and in-laws forced her to eat beef, assaulted her and also, changed her name to Zoya Anwar.

To sum it up, the woman in the photo said that she was forced to convert into Islam by her husband and she did not speak anything about double standards of Hinduism.

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