FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show People In India Throwing Religious Statues Into A River During The COVID-19 Pandemic?
A video shared on Facebook more than 300 times purportedly shows people in India throwing religious statues in the river because they “can’t deliver them from COVID-19.”
The footage has circulated online since at least 2015 and is unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the video, several men climb into a truck containing what appear to be religious statues. They then throw the statues one-by-one over the bridge into the river below.
Facebook users claim the footage shows people in India “throwing away their idol into the river because it can’t deliver them from COVID-19.” (RELATED: Has India’s Government Banned People From Posting About COVID-19 On Social Media?)
Through a reverse image search of key frames, the Daily Caller found the video posted on Facebook in 2015, roughly four years before the coronavirus first emerged. The caption reads, “Though the idol is gone, Ganesha lives forever! And that story is the same for the true being, the soul, too. It is in this spirit and fervor that the immersion is celebrated all over India.”
As of May 31, India has nearly 90,000 active coronavirus cases and over 5,100 deaths, according to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website.