Fact Check: Old Picture Of Man Carrying Wife’s Corpse On Bike Circulated With False Claim

With Coronavirus cases soaring across the nation, people are struggling to avail even basic medical amenities.

In this backdrop, a picture of two men carrying a woman on a two-wheeler is doing rounds on social media with a claim that a son had to carry his mother’s dead body on a motorbike in Gujarat along with his father.

“বাবা আর ছেলে মিলে মায়ের মৃতদেহ বহন করে নিয়ে যাচ্ছে – সোনার গুজরাট তোফা ফেকুজী তোফা এনারা আবার সোনা বাংলা করবে। ছিঃ ছিঃ ধিক্কার,” the post read.

(Translation: Father and son are carrying the dead body of mother together – Golden Gujarat Tofa Fekuji Tofa… they will make Sonar Bangla, again. Shame Shame Shame)

Here’s the link to the above post.

More posts can be seen here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading and false.

We put the picture through Reverse Image Search and found the same image in a blog post from 2017.

According to the post, a man carried his wife’s body home on a motorcycle after he was denied a mortuary van.

We then ran a keyword search and found that the same incident was reported by Hindustan Times on June 4, 2017.

“Denied mortuary van, Bihar man carries wife’s body home on motorcycle,” the headline read.

According to the report, the incident is from the Purnia district of north-eastern Bihar, where a labourer named Shankar Sah took the body of his wife Susheela Devi home on a motorcycle after the authorities at the district hospital allegedly failed to provide him with a mortuary van.

This proves that the picture was taken well before the first case of Coronavirus came to light in 2019 and that the incident is from Bihar, NOT Gujarat.

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