Gujarat Woman Killed Daughters & Self Due to Hunger? Fake Alert!

“The wife suspected her husband of having an affair, which triggered her to take this drastic step,” said Morbi SP.

Published12 May 2020, 09:04 AM IST
WebQoof
3 min read

A video claiming that it shows a Gujarati family that killed itself due to hunger and poverty during the COVID lockdown is being massively shared on social media. However, the claim is misleading and police investigation revealed a different reason for the suicide.

The mother hanged herself after strangling her two daughters on 2 May in Gujarat’s Morbi on the suspicion that her husband was cheating on her.

CLAIM

The claim along with which the video is being circulated points out that the video is from Ahmedabad where a woman first killed her daughters and then killed herself due to hunger and lack of money. It further adds that landlords are now asking for rent and people are being forced to take this extreme step out of helplessness.

[Warning: Disturbing visuals]

An archived version of the video can be found <a href="https://archive.is/AaIXA">here</a>.
An archived version of the video can be found here.
(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)
An archived version of the video can be accessed <a href="https://archive.is/qshjT">here</a>.
An archived version of the video can be accessed here.
(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)
An archived version of the page can be accessed <a href="https://archive.is/UoJzE">here</a>.
An archived version of the page can be accessed here.
(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

WHAT WE FOUND

We fragmented the video into multiple keyframes using Google Chrome extension, InVid and followed it up with a reverse image search. This directed us to a report by News18 Gujarati. The report carried the same visuals and pointed out that on 2 May, wife of a gym trainer in Gujarat’s Morbi strangulated her two daughters after which she killed herself. However, the report did not mention the reason behind the act.

Next, we ran a keyword search on Google using terms: ‘Woman strangulates daughters and kills self in Morbi, Gujarat’. We came across a Times Of India report on the incident.

Gujarat Woman Killed Daughters & Self Due to Hunger? Fake Alert!
(Source: Times Of India/Screenshot)

The report mentioned that the cause behind the act was the woman suspecting her husband of having an extra-marital affair.

We also reached out to Karanraj Vaghela – Superintendent of Police, Morbi who reiterated the same cause.

“The investigation in this case is complete. The wife suspected her husband of having an affair, following which she first killed her two daughters and then killed herself. The claims that hunger and lack of money led to the incident are false.”
Karanraj Vaghela, Morbi SP

Clearly, the incident has been given a false spin to insinuate that hunger and joblessness during COVID lockdown triggered the family to take this drastic step.

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