Fact Check: Did A Muslim Woman Deface Shri Ram’s Poster In Maharashtra? Here’s The Truth 

A video showing a woman doing something on a platform built in the middle of the road is widely shared on social media, claiming that a Muslim woman disrespected Shri Ram by throwing eggs on his poster. Many users claim that this incident happened in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, formerly known as Aurangabad, in Maharashtra.

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “कहां से भरा जा रहा है इतना जहर? बुर्काधारी महिला को प्रभु श्रीराम से इतनी नफरत क्यों? सड़क पर स्कूटी खड़ी की और फिर प्रभु श्रीराम की तस्वीर पर अंडे फेंके महाराष्ट्र के छत्रपति संभाजीनगर की है घटना” (English translation: From where is this much poison being filled? Why does the burqa-clad woman hate Lord Shriram so much? Parked the scooter on the road and then threw eggs on the picture of Lord Shriram. The incident is of Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar of Maharashtra)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be MISLEADING. 

According to the viral video, the incident occurred at Shri Ram Chowk in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar. We searched the location on Google Maps and found similar shots as seen in the viral video. The divider depicted in the video, where the woman is standing, can be corroborated by Google Street View. Additionally, the platform is adorned with a banner of Lord Ram, as visible on the map. 

Scanning the Twitter handle of Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar Police Commissioner, we traced a press note in Marathi language, dated May 20, 2023, reporting the same incident. According to the press release, the woman in the video was identified as Shailja Vishal Udavet (Shilpa Ramrao Garud), 38 years old. She is suffering from depression. There is no mention of a communal angle anywhere in this press note. 

We also found a video featuring Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar Police Commissioner Manoj Lohia regarding the incident. The police commissioner affirms that the woman involved in the incident is Hindu. He attributed her actions to mental depression and urged the public not to share misleading clips on social media. 

Thus, it is evident that a video showing a woman defacing Shri Ram’s poster in Maharashtra is shared with a false communal angle. 

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