FAKE ALERT: Congress leader passes off 2017 image of a poor dead woman as recent one from lockdown

Jun 8, 2020

Congress leader Archana Dalmia posted a distressing image of an infant trying to breastfeed on his mother, who lays dead. She posted the image insinuating that it was a recent one from lockdown in Madhya Pradesh (MP).
“Woman lay dead by railway tracks in MP’s Damoh, infant son tied to breastfeed. Distressing images and footages showing an infant trying to breastfeed on his mother, oblivious to her death. The woman’s body was spotted by people in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh,” read the text Dalmia tweeted along with the image.

The tweet now stands deleted.
Times Fact Check found many other Twitter users sharing the image to make the same claim.

The image is from 2017. It is neither recent nor does it have anything to do with lockdown.
Using reverse-image search, we found a India Today news report dated May 25, 2017.
Titled ‘Woman lay dead by railway tracks in MP’s Damoh, infant son tries to breastfeed’, the report carried the same image as the one shared above by Dalmia.
The image is captioned as, “1-year-old son tries to breastfeed mother dead by tracks”. It is credited to ‘Twitter@daipayanhalder/ DB Post’.
The cause of the woman’s death is not yet known but the police suspect she may have fallen off a train or may have been hit by one. An NDTV report said that the officials think the woman may have been conscious for some time after being hit and may have tried to breastfeed her son.
A report in the Hindustan Times said that concussion and bleeding on the back of the woman’s head led to her death but it wasn’t immediate. “She died before people found her. She opened a biscuit packet and gave some to the child. She breastfed her child to ensure he survives,” railway police officer Anil Marawi told the Hindustan Times.
Twitter handle of the Office of the Divisional Security Commissioner, RPF, Jabalpur also replied to Dalmia calling her out for posting 2017 image.

“Dear Archanaji. This incident happened in May 2017. The mother accidentally fell from a moving train near Damoh. After due process, the deceased and child was handed over to her relatives. Kindly delete the tweet as it spreads disinformation in the present circumstances,” the tweet read.
Times Fact Check has found that an old distressing image of a dead woman from 2017 was falsely passed off as a recent one by Congress leader Archana Dalmia.

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