A 3 year old photo of a victim circulated with the Bihar’s corona isolation ward sexual abuse story

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Claim: A picture of a woman lying on a hospital bed in Bihar is going viral on social media. The caption claims that she was raped by a doctor in a corona isolation ward of Magadh Medical College, Gaya, Bihar and died soon after getting the discharge.

However, this particular post is misleading. This viral photograph attached with the news is an old photograph of a teenage girl who was sexually abused by a ward boy in a hospital in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, in June 2017.

Several media reports of The State, NVP News and Indiaglitz used this story with the misleading picture for the rape case too.



Posts on Instagram went viral with the story of 25-year-old victim with misleading photograph.

One of the post can be seen here and is archived here.


Several people shared this misleading story on Facebook too.


Several tweets mentioned this story, even few verified accounts of politicians.



While there had been a Sexual Assault to a Corona Patient, the image being used is 3 years old.

The viral photograph along with this news is a 3 year old photograph from Kanpur. However, the story in the caption along with this viral image which occurred in Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital’s corona isolation ward in Bihar is true. Thus, this makes it a misleading post.

Meanwhile, this image was being connected to a real story that happened in Gaya, Bihar, where a 25-year-old migrant woman from Ludhiana came to Gaya along with her husband after an abortion. She complained of excessive bleeding after which she was admitted to Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH) on March 27 in an emergency ward. Later, it was suspected she might have been infected by coronavirus, following which she was shifted to the isolation ward where she was sexually abused by a healthcare worker. She died due to excessive bleeding three days later. Check out the whole story here.

The real story of this viral photograph according to the reports of Dainik Bhaskar is that a 16-year-old student was allegedly drugged and raped by a ward boy of private nursing home in Kanpur in June 2017. She was admitted to Jagriti Hospital in the city after her condition deteriorated at a party she was attending.

This report from Daily Bhaskar, June 2017 includes the real story behind the viral photograph.

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Rujuta Thete

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