Some news went viral on social media claiming: “If a woman wears provocative clothing, the complaint of sexual harassment will not be taken into account”.
(Screenshot from Facebook post)
In order to verify the claim, we searched for keywords “If a woman wears provocative clothing. Then the complaint of sexual harassment made by her will not be taken into account” on Google search engine. Keyword search revealed that a court in Kerala has held that sexual harassment charges will not be valid if a woman is found wearing “sexually provocative” clothes.
(Screenshot from The Indian Express)
False Context/ Misleading
Our fact-check confirmed that Bangladesh social media users shared a court statement from Kerala, India, to mislead the general public, specifically the women.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent accounts and pages on Facebook are involved in spreading misinformation on social media.|
|Behavior||The false news of not registering harassment cases if the woman was wearing provocative clothes was circulated.|
|Content||Social Media posts.|
|Degree||The content is being spread to misinform people, the target audience of the news was the general public of Bangladesh, especially the women. Misinformation was mainly spread through Facebook.|
|Effect||Uncertainty and fears were caused. The news is being circulated to mislead the masses and cause fear among women. Many men appreciated the decision while women expressed anger.|