Fact Check: Union Minister Smriti Irani, Maa Durga speech, clip viral
News Claim: A video is viral on social media which claims that Union minister Smriti Irani made absurd remarks on Hindu Goddess Durga. The fact is, this viral clip is a part of Smriti Irani’s long speech in parliament on JNU February 16 row. She was quoting the statement of JNU students’.
The fake or half clipping shared by many on social media as
In the video Smriti Irani can be heard saying, Durga Puja is the most controversial festival, where the IDOL of beautiful goddess Durga is depicted killing a dark skin local Mahishasura. Mahishasura a brave self-respecting leader, tricked into marriage by Aryans. They hired sex workers called Durga. Who enticed Mahishasura into marriage and killed him after 9 days of honeymooning.
दुर्गा एक खूबसूरत वेश्या थी | Durga was a beautiful Sex Worker. Smriti Irani https://t.co/jdobmmRanM— parivartansandesh (@psandesh) September 18, 2019
Facts Check: (False), taken from a long video, she quoted from Pamphlets distributed Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).Google Advertisement:
Facts Check Analysis: A video of Smiriti Irani is viral on Social media is quite disturbing. In the video Smiriti Irani can be heard saying some seriously bad words against Hindi Goddess Durga, but to be very clear those were not her words, Smiriti Irani read a statement of some students of Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Parliament.
We cross-checked on the authenticity of the viral video which has been shared by thousands on social media. The 35 seconds video is much longer than the actual statement she gave; it was a long speech in the parliament.
Watch the below video from 2:20 Seconds, where she gave the reasons like who said and why. She gave the statement back on Feb 26, 2016.
Irani, a BJP member of the Rajya Sabha and human resource development minister, had read in the house a pamphlet that purported to call for a celebration of ‘Mahishasur Martyrdom Day’.
The pamphlet, which had allegedly been circulated by a Leftist student organization in the JNU campus, made certain derogatory references to Goddess Durga.
The minister cited the pamphlet to bolster her contention as to how wrongly and “depravedly” students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had been using their “freedom of speech”.
So indeed she said such words, but these words were not by her, but she read out from Pamphlets distributed in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).