On the evening of June 19, a disturbing incident unfolded in the Aligarh region of Uttar Pradesh. The community discovered the lifeless body of a Muslim woman hanging outside her leased residence, sending shockwaves through the area. The woman, Muskan, had been involved in a complicated relationship that soon became the subject of speculation and false narratives.
Initial reports focused on Muskan’s previous involvement with a Hindu man named Deepak. These accounts alleged that Deepak manipulated Muskan by feigning love, promising her conversion to Hinduism, only to later betray her and commit a heinous act. This narrative quickly gained traction on social media under the hashtag ‘bhagwa love trap,’ implying a larger conspiracy to counter the reality of love jihad.
पोस्टमॉर्टम घर में मिली मुस्कान की लाश, चार साल पहले हिंदू लड़के से की थी शादी
— BBC News Hindi (@BBCHindi) June 21, 2023
However, as the investigation progressed, the police uncovered crucial details that contradicted the initial narrative. They revealed that Muskan had actually separated from Deepak a year ago and had been living with another man named Mohammad Faizan ever since. Unfortunately, certain individuals on social media, with Islamist and left-liberal leanings, shared tweets falsely attributing Muskan’s death to the ‘Bhagwa Love Trap.’ Regrettably, these claims were based on misinformation and lacked any factual basis.
BBC’s Propaganda Narrative
Adding to the controversy, BBC News Hindi joined in by promoting the narrative that Muskan’s suicide directly linked to her previous relationship with Deepak. However, the BBC conveniently omitted the fact that Muskan had moved on from Deepak and had been residing with Mohammad Faizan at the time of her death.
Instead of relying on official police records, the report leaned on allegations made by Muskan’s family, who had been out of touch with her and were unaware of the changes in her life.
This incident highlights a troubling pattern in the BBC’s reporting, where they seem to embrace biased narratives and propagate fake news without issuing corrections. It is noteworthy that the BBC rarely covered the numerous cases of love jihad emerging across India, raising concerns about their journalistic integrity and impartiality.
History Of BBC’s Notoriety
Moreover, this was not the first time the BBC faced criticism for questionable reporting. In April 2023, BBC News attempted to generate sympathy for the deceased gangster-politician Atiq Ahmed by romanticizing him. Similarly, in February 2023, the BBC published an article that appeared to endorse child marriage, despite acknowledging the patriarchal roots of such practices.
In January 2023, the BBC faced further backlash for a documentary titled “The Shamima Begum Story,” which viewers accused of showing sympathy towards an ISIS bride, raising concerns about providing a platform for terrorists. Prior to that, the Indian diaspora in London staged protests against the BBC over a documentary accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of involvement in the Gujarat Riots of 2002. The documentary disregarded the Supreme Court’s clearance of Modi’s name and perpetuated long-debunked narratives.
These incidents collectively underscore the urgent need for responsible and unbiased journalism. As the BBC persisted in publishing fake news without issuing corrections, doubts grew about the organization’s commitment to accurate reporting and fair representation of diverse perspectives.