Old photo of a family suicide From Rajasthan is peddled as a Hindu family killed in Pakistan

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An image from 2017 showing bodies of a family including the bodies of two children hang from a tin roof in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur is going viral on social media with the claim that a Hindu family killed in Pakistan.

The image shows a family of four, consisting of two minor children and a husband and wife in their mid-thirties, hanging from an iron rod at their home.

An image is being shared with the caption: “Pakistan is killing Hindus. Look at this pic Pakistan killed Shoe Maker Hindu. Where is @UN? Where is @UNHumanRights? Save Hindus of Pakistan. Expose terrorist country and share. @HMOIndia. @PMOIndia.”

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The photo is of a family suicide in Rajasthan in Year 2017, not a killing in Pakistan.

Using Google reverse image search and found a case report of the forensic analysis of the quadruple suicide. The report was published on an online journal of forensic science on October 2019. The report, titled ‘Quadruple hanging: a rare scenario in filicide-suicide’, had been authored by forensic medicine doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Jodhpur.

 

 

Read the report here

One of the authors of the case report, Navneet Ateriya, an assistant professor at the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department, AIIMS Gorakhpur, confirmed to Boomlive that the photograph was taken by the team of doctors present with the police at the crime scene in August 2017. He also mentioned that the incident happened in a village in Jodhpur where a farmer committed suicide owing to poverty and indebtedness. The family stayed in a small room near the fields in Jodhpur’s Bhakri village.

According to the report”Police interrogation in the present case revealed that the earnings of the parents, who worked as farmers, were not sufficient to meet their daily expenses. Their inability to repay their debts and pending dues possibly prompted them to take such an extreme step. Death scene investigations did not find anything suggestive of the involvement of external perpetrators, and the autopsy observations confirmed the cause of death as hanging in this rare setting of filicide-suicide.”

With the keywords search, we also found that the same incident was reported by the media. As per the report, the police found that the family hardly had anything left to eat at their home. This incident was reported in September 2017.


 


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Shweta Jamsandekar

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