It was a nightmare for Prithylasmi Selvarajah and Rsela Rajandra, who woke up after an early morning phone call from a friend on Wednesday only to be told that their photos have gone viral.
The couple's friend had found an image of a tweet from one “Rajashree Selvakumar” that had gone viral on social media with an incest story about a mother and son duo who purportedly got married to each other. A few photographs of the couple was posted along with this viral story.
I want to meet Rajashree Selvakumar please
Someone find me the thread of her tweet. I am legit ready for my Indian version of #dark with popcorn #findme #rajashreeselvakumar #1stdynamite #lol#rajashreeselvakumar pic.twitter.com/CLK0cRrdxd
— (@GoutamDasApd) August 18, 2020
The viral post reads, “My 1st husband died when my son was just 12 years old and my age was 30. We both were living together and to me to surprise my darling son proposed me to marry me when he finished his college and after few months I agreed and I married in 2016. And now we have 3 year old son.”
India Today Anti-Fake News War Room (AFWA) found the couple to be the latest victim of online bullying and harassment. This is a cooked-up story posted from a Twitter account which was later deactivated. The Malaysian couple, whose pictures have been misused, got married in 2017 after nine years of courtship.
The archived versions of the viral posts are saved here.
The image of the viral tweet was supposedly posted from a user named “Rajashree Selvakumar” with a display picture of the couple. The account was later deactivated.
We found the archived (http://archive.is/ktjv4) versions of the earlier posts made from the Twitter handle @RajashreeSelvam. The twitter handle was created in July 2020.
Then we found a Twitter user with the same name but with a different twitter handle, @RajashreeSelv, who posted that a fake account was created with her name and bogus stories have been posted about this Malaysian couple from the handle. The user on her replies to various queries about the fake account gave reference to the Instagram account of the couple.
Don't spread fake news.
Please stop this.#StopspreadingFakeNews
Retweet if you agree
— Rajashree Selvakumar (@RajashreeSelv) August 18, 2020
We also found that a twitter handle called @trainersingh posted on August 18, 2020, on replies to various Facebook posts and Tweets that the viral image is a fake post.
He claimed that the couple, whose photos are used in the viral image, is his close friends -- Prithylasmi Selvarajah and Rsela Rajandra -- who run a physio centre called “Welbourne Physio centre”.
From the Instagram account of the Wellbourne Physio Cente, India Today contacted the couple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Rsela Rajandra told India Today that they were devastated after finding out that their photos have gone viral with a fake story. According to him, these viral photos were picked up from his wife’s Facebook account which was public. "We do not know who has done this, but certainly do not have any enemy. We will be filing a complaint with the local police here in KL," Rajandra added.
The couple has also sent a video to this India Today correspondent, appealing people to stop spreading lies about them. According to the Malaysian couple, they have known each other since their college days -- 12 years now -- and got married three years ago.
@IndiaToday contacted the couple who live in Malaysia. They refuted calling it fake post, doing the rounds on social media, maligning their character. The viral story misusing their pictures is a blatant lie. https://t.co/lfOK0fUYWB pic.twitter.com/qFmbvPHXM0
— Chayan Kundu (@KunduChayan) August 19, 2020
Hence, the truth behind the viral incest story about the mother-son duo with a photo of the couple is another form of online harassment. The entire post is fake and it is created to malign people.
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- 1 Crow: Half True
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- 3 Crows: Absolutely false