Animal Sacrifice Banned in Kashmir Ahead of Bakra Eid? Here's a Fact-Check as Fake News Runs Wild on Social Media
Bakarwal community selling cattle ahead of Eid | (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, August 11: Has animal sacrifice been banned in Jammu & Kashmir ahead of Eid al-Adha or Bakra Eid? This is the question scores of Indians are asking after a photoshopped screenshot went viral claiming that the sacrificing of cattle has been banned by the J&K administration ahead of the Muslim festival.

A fact-check has, however, revealed that the social media has been gripped by a rumour which is a handiwork of miscreants. The rumour-mongers used the logo on Mirror Now, a leading national news channel, and designed an image which read as follows: "Breaking News: Animal Sacrifice Banned in Kashmir". Intelligence Bureau Issues Terror Alert in Jammu and Kashmir and Other Places in India Ahead of Eid al-Adha 2019

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The news was found to be totally fake after Mirror Now clarified that no such news has been aired by the channel. Other credible media outlets also did not publish or broadcast content validating the viral claim.

Shehla Rashid, a Kashmiri activist and member of Jammu & Kashmir People's Movement (JKPM) party, issued a statement claiming that she contacted the Mirror Now editorial staff and found that they have not aired this news.

Read Shehla Rashid Tweet Below:

The fake news comes amid a state of curfew in Kashmir, which was imposed hours before the Centre issued an executive order scrapping the state's special status by abrogating Article 370. The curbs are expected to be relaxed tomorrow ahead of the festival, to allow locals to assemble for the congregational prayers.

Fact check

Animal Sacrifice Banned in Kashmir Ahead of Bakra Eid? Here's a Fact-Check as Fake News Runs Wild on Social Media
Claim

Animal sacrifice banned in Kashmir ahead of Eid?

Conclusion

False, no such order issued by the administration. Screenshots of news clip are fake.

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