Thursday 7 November 2013

Assam Rape Festival - an Utter Nonsense

Men in India are already beginning to celebrate as the annual Assam Rape Festival is just days away. Every non-married girl age 7-16 will have the chance to flee to safety or get raped. - says National Report, an USA based website which claims to be America's #1 Independent News Team !!!

The report goes on - 24-year-old Harikrishna Majumdar told reporters that he has been training all year for this event. "I'm going to get the most rapes this year. I've been practicing all year. I rape my sister and her friends every day. I will be rape superstar number one! I will get the Baalkrishan prize this year for sure!"

Probably you are already disturbed and thinking what the hell you are reading !!! Thousands like you over the internet are, but the report went to more extent saying - 12-year-old Jaitashri Majumdar told reporters she almost made it through last year's festival without getting raped. "I came so close to not getting raped. I almost got to the 'rape-free-zone' at the edge of town, but at the last minute 9 men jumped on me and raped me. Luckily I am just recovering now so I can participate in this year’s events, otherwise I would be put to death by stoning."

Not only this, the report posted a picture taken from the following Kumbh Mela video and claimed that - Pictured here is the starting of last year’s Assam Rape Festival, which locals say was a big success.

The story was posted on November 2, 2013 10:25am and it went viral on various social media drawing hundreds of comments shaming India. Quickly leading Indian news publications FirstPost and Hindustan Times reported it as a fake news and quoted Devraj Upadhyay, the superintendent of police of Assam Police's CID, saying "We have taken up a suo moto case. It is a sensitive issue and we will take up the matter with the matter with the website". The probe will be handled by the CID's cyber crime cell.

Surprisingly, the website, which was registered on February 22, 2013, does not mention anywhere that it is a news faking website and through private registration they have hidden their true identity. Though a little digging gave us 2 clues to trace their identity...
1. Google Analytics ID: UA-38890568-1
2. Adsense ID (Google can always tell investigators where they send payment for these IDs) :-
i. ca-pub-3748662116234989
ii. ca-pub-7114992468679543
iii. ca-pub-5823001074348962
iv. ca-pub-9120926301593666

Moreover, in their Facebook page, to malign India as a nation, National Report warns - We would recommend foreign travelers avoid #India this week during the #AssamRapeFestival! Don't say we didn't warn you!

Update 1: Surprise does not end here. We have found that their sister site Super Official News published the same news saying it happened in Punjab !!!

Update 2: National Report fake editor Nigel Covington proudly shows off his criticism on his Facebook profile.

Update 3: In a Twitter conversation National Report has denied an apology for this derogative post.

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