No! Rubika Liyaquat did not make this statement; here’s the fact check

A picture post is being shared extensively on social media in which a quote is attributed to journalist Rubika Liyaquat where she is talking about celebrations in temples and mosques.

“ मंदिर में रमजान इफ़्तार और नमाज़ का आयोजन तो हमेशा होता है| लेकिन मुसलमानों ने आज तक एक भी मस्जिद में नवरात्री पूजा का आयोजन नहीं किया| मुझे शर्म आती है क्या ये सेकुलरिज्म का ठेका सिर्फ़ हिन्दू भाइयों ने लिया है- रुबिका लियाक़त ” – the statement read.

(Translation- Ramzan, Iftar and Namaz are always organized in a temple. But Muslims have not organized Navratri Puja in a single mosque till date. I am ashamed. Is the duty od secularism only upon our Hindu brothers? – Rubika Liyaquat)

The above post has been shared by more than 17,000 Facebook users.

FACT CHECK

When NewsMobile team fact-checked the post, we found it to be fake.

Journalist Liyaquat took to Twitter to clear the air around this quote.
“थोड़ा पढ़ लिख लो ज़बरदस्ती का ज्ञान बाँटने से पहले। होमवर्क शब्द सुना है? कहाँ सुना मुझे एसा कुछ कहते? किसी ने भी फ़ोटो लगा कर किछ भी लिख दिया और शुरू हो गए ठेकेदार बग़ैर पड़ताल किए” She tweeted.
(Translation: Get yourself educated before imposing your false facts on people. Have you ever heard the word ‘homework’? Where did you hear me say something like this? Someone out there misused my picture and claimed I said these things, it is appalling how people assume things to be true even without investigating.)

The above information proves that the journalist hasn’t made the statement.

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