A photo of an alleged matrimonial ad that says that a fully vaccinated Roman Catholic woman is looking for a groom who has taken “both doses” of Covishield was shared by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.
Vaccinated bride seeks vaccinated groom! No doubt the preferred marriage gift will be a booster shot!? Is this going to be our New Normal? pic.twitter.com/AJXFaSAbYs
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 8, 2021
Tharoor’s tweet made it to the Hindustan Times newsletter.
Read this and more in today’s #HTCovidDispatch: an informed pandemic-related newsletter with updates and opinions
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) June 9, 2021
The purported matrimonial ad is viral on Twitter.
Kya baat! The wonder that is Bharat! 😊 pic.twitter.com/jIjbHdsNz5
— Malavika Avinash (@MalavikaBJP) June 8, 2021
New matrimonial ads, meanwhile! 😂💉👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/3qoAcrbTug
— Prashant Kumar (@scribe_prashant) June 8, 2021
— Kaveri 🇮🇳 (@ikaveri) June 7, 2021
It is widespread on Facebook as well
Fake newspaper clipping
The viral matrimonial ad was created on a newspaper clipping generating website called fodey.com. The website gives users the option to write a story, give it a headline, name the newspaper and change the date. We have juxtaposed the viral clipping (left) with a clipping manufactured by Alt News (right). If one notices carefully, the third column of the report has the same words. This is the part that is uneditable and confirms that the clipping is not genuine.
The same website was used earlier to target Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.