A video of Muslim men licking utensils is going viral on many social media platforms.
Claim: The video claims about a group of Indian Muslims licking utensils in Nizamuddin so that coronavirus more and more people are infected when they get in touch with these utensils.
भारत में कोरोना फैल नहीं रहा बल्कि फैलाया जा रहा है। इसका ताजा उदाहरण निजामुद्दीन से मिले खाली बर्तनो को जुठा करते हुए ……“इन लोगों को सीधे गोली मार देनी चाहिए “
ये विडियो कब का है पता नही पर मौलवी का सच्चाई वया कर रही है pic.twitter.com/1ogjR6NVNa
— deepakgupta (@wekingmaker) April 2, 2020
A verified handle HindustaniBhau, followed by 8.36 lakh people, shared the video on Instagram with a question as what are they doing (deleted now but you can see here). This was seen by more than 1.8 Lakh people.
This is not related to Corona Outbreak at all as this is a 2 year old video.
On investigating and using keyframes and keywords as our search perimeters we came to know about the actual fact about this video. Our search led it to a website that showed that this video was uploaded on 11th September 2018 and the caption of this video explains that this video is from the Dawoodi Bohra community of Muslims and they are cleaning dishes after eating as they have strict traditions that no foods get wasted under any circumstances.
They lick the dishes to clean it after finishing the meal as a ritual to not let food get waste.
On further investigation, we came to know about the official website of Dawoodi Bohra community in India. The website states that The Bohra community lives by the saying, “Many hands are a blessing” and for dining, this is an encouragement to eat in the company. The traditional Bohra way of eating together is around a steel thaali the standard size of which is designed to accommodate a family or any group of 8 or 9 people during a communal dinner.” This way they also ensure that no food gets wasted and each and every grain of food is utilized and consumed. They also have grain committees to ensure no food leftovers during such communal gatherings. The posts on the Instagram account of the Dana Committee by which these grains committees are popularly known as in the Bohra community also state that they don’t believe in any sort of food wastage at all as food is limited and a blessing by god.
Bohras eat together in a big “thaal”. This one is from a jamatkhana where on several occasions there is food served. What’s happening here is taking not wasting food at an extreme level. 🤣🤣 https://t.co/irxJePHlZ3
— Yusuf Unjhawala 🇮🇳 (@YusufDFI) July 30, 2018
Therefore in our investigation, we came to the conclusion that this video is an old video and doesn’t have any connections with the claims made on viral social media posts that Muslims are spreading coronavirus by licking utensils.
More viral ones –
I condemn the act of licking spoons and plates by few uneducated, illiterate people. You should make proper hygiene it helps reducing coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/5wFDDFmMG6
— BJP Lahore (@Begin_Humor) April 1, 2020
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