Several users have shared a photograph of a deceased girl in a suitcase on social media with a claim that the girl was a victim of 'love jihad', a term popularised by the right-wing referring to the alleged practice of converting Hindu girls to Islam in the guise of love.
However, we found the photograph is being shared with a false claim. It shows one Aayushi Chaudhary Yadav, 21, who was allegedly killed by her parents and dumped in a red suitcase near the Yamuna expressway in Mathura.
The images were shared by some social media users with verified handles, including a senior correspondent at Hindi Khabar Anchal Yadav and two Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Uttar Pradesh.
(Note: We have refrained from adding any archive links due to the distressing nature of the visuals.)
Screenshot of the post from Anchal Yadav.
Several other social media users also shared the viral claim on Facebook and Twitter.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
On 18 November, the dead body of a young woman was found inside a red suitcase. She was identified as a resident of Delhi's Badarpur. She was shot dead by her parents on 17 November. They had kept the dead body in their home and transported it here at 3 am at night, and had dropped it on the expressway. CCTV footage from the highway shows both mother and father in the car.Martand Prakash Singh, Additional SP, Mathura
The Quint's Piyush Rai had also shared the details of the incident, along with the video byte of Mathura Police.
The Quint's WebQoof team then contacted the Martand Prakash Singh, additional superintendent of police, Mathura on 23 November. Singh dismissed the communal angle to the incident.
"The incident is not communal. The girl got married to a guy called Chatrapal Singh Gujjar, who is from a different caste. The girl's parents found out about the wedding and had an argument, which lead to her murder," Singh said.
We had earlier also reported that the girl's parents had confessed to the crime, the police has recovered the licensed pistol used to kill Aayushi, and the car used to transport her body.
Evidently, a case of honour killing of a 21-year-old girl in Delhi's Badarpur area was given a communal colour by social media users.