Fact Check: Viral picture of Iranian girl covered in blood has nothing to do with hijab
A picture is becoming viral on social media. In the picture, a girl can be seen soaked in blood. It is being claimed that this girl named Sara is from Iran and has been beaten up for not wearing the hijab.
ABP News anchor Shobhana Yadav posted this picture on her Twitter account and wrote, “Razia and her brothers have brutally beaten this girl named Sara for not wearing hijab in Iran. Can such a small girl learn hijab or its methods? Shame on people with such thinking”
Apart from this, verified users from many countries have also shared this picture with a similar claim. Including @emilykschrader from Israel, @AlinejadMasih from Iran, @iranianknows and @MikeYami_ from Canada.
In India, Op India, Firstpost and IB Times have also published reports regarding the viral video. These reports also claimed that the girl was beaten up for not wearing the hijab.
To verify the viral claim, the DFRAC team reverse-searched the viral image. Meanwhile, we found one such picture on the Persian news portal Saheb Khabar and Bartar Inha.
The report, written in Farsi, quoted Isfahan police saying that “the girl was injured yesterday afternoon in Isfahan’s Khaneh neighborhood after school closed in a fight between two students. Later, the mother of a student started arguing in defence of her child and pushed the girl. The mother was arrested yesterday afternoon in the presence of police officers and is now out on bail.”
To verify the authenticity of this news, we searched some Persian keywords and also saw several other media reports related to this incident. We also found a report on Mehr News, an Iranian news agency in which Jalal Salmani, head of the Education Public Relations Department of Isfahan province, was quoted as saying that the incident was a conflict between two students. Which happened outside the school and while returning home. He also said that the tension between these two students has nothing to do with the hijab issue and that what has been published in cyberspace is wrong.
Also Isfahan’s Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor Seyyed Mohammad Moussavian said in a live television program: “A judicial case has been filed for this incident and the investigation of this incident is on the agenda.”
He said: “After preliminary investigation, it was found that the reason for this tension was personal issues between the students and unfortunately, the sentiments of the families were dragged into this dispute.” He further said, what has been published in cyberspace is not true. The incident has nothing to do with Hijab, the attacker is out on bail.
DFRAC’s fact check confirms that the claim on social media is false as the Iranian girl was injured in a personal quarrel. It has nothing to do with the hijab controversy.