The photo of the model of a 'Babri Hospital' was doing the rounds on Twitter and Facebook.
The photo of the model of a 'Babri Hospital' was doing the rounds on Twitter and Facebook.
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New Delhi: Ever since the foundation stone for the Ram temple in Ayodhya was laid on 5 August, a barrage of fake news has followed. Among these is a claim that the land given to the Sunni Waqf Board will be used to build a ‘Babri hospital’.

A post, which has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter, claims the hospital will be run by activist-physician Dr Kafeel Khan as its director. A photo of a hospital with ‘Babri Hospital’ superimposed on its exterior accompanies the post, which has so far garnered at least 3,800 shares on Twitter and hundreds of shares on Facebook.

Activist Dr Anand Rai, who has a following of over 2.5 lakh on Twitter, shared the post, as did Vishwa Hindu Parishad spokesperson Vijay Shankar Tiwari.


Also read: How 5 August redefined national politics in India — beyond Ram Mandir and Article 370


Fact check

The ‘Babri Hospital’ claim as well as its accompanying photograph are false and incorrect.

The image of the hospital has been taken from the website of a US-based architecture firm, Smith Group, which is designing a hospital for the University of Virginia. The words ‘Babri Hospital’ were edited onto the photograph.

Further, the claim that the Sunni Waqf Board will use the 5 acres allotted to it by the Supreme Court to build a hospital is not accurate. In a statement dated 7 August, the board said that the land will be used to build an Indo-Islamic cultural centre, which will feature a library, mosque, community kitchen as well as a hospital.

The board denied it was building a ‘Babri Hospital’ which would have Dr Kafeel Khan as its director. Dr Khan is currently under arrest by the Uttar Pradesh Police for making “provocative speeches” about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

In November 2019, the Supreme Court of India had ordered that the land where the Babri Masjid once stood be handed over to a trust to build the Ram Mandir. It also ordered that five acres be allotted to the Sunni Waqf Board, which was later granted by the UP government.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer.


Also read: Shouldn’t accept 5 acres of land for mosque even if it is offered at Taj Mahal: AIMPLB


 

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