Several Facebook posts doing the rounds on social media platform claim that ‘cycle girl’ Jyoti Paswan was raped and murdered by an ex-armyman in Darbhanga, Bihar. Graphic image of a dead girl is being circulated to make this claim.
For the uninitiated, Jyoti’s gruelling journey from the outskirts of New Delhi to their village 1,200 km away with her jobless father on a cycle made headlines around the world recently and threw a spotlight on the plight of India’s unemployed migrant workers.
Now claims are being made that she was raped and murdered.
Quoting some Shahab Alam, verified Facebook user Arvind Rajbhar claimed that Jyoti was raped and murdered by a retired army man.
‘Cycle girl’ Jyoti Paswan is healthy and fine. Another girl by the same name was found murdered in Darbhanga. However rape has not been confirmed yet.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
We could not find any credible news reports about rape and murder of ‘cycle girl’.
Using relevant keywords, we found a news post from Live Hindustan which reported about the death of a 13-year-old girl named Jyoti Kumari in Darbhanga. As per report, she died due to electrocution. The postmortem of the girl ruled out rape.
The body was recovered from a former army man’s compound. Following this he and his wife were arrested.
We then got in touch with ‘cycle girl’ via WhatsApp. She sent recent photos of her and confirmed that she was fit and fine.
Times Fact Check has found that a graphic image of a dead girl is being used to falsely claim that ‘cycle girl’ Jyoti Paswan was raped and murdered by an ex-armyman.