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Do Pics Show Dua Lipa Escorted by Locals After Being Sexually Harassed in India?

The photographs were allegedly captured during Dua Lipa's trip to Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Published Dec 28, 2023

 (X user @HinduToiletClnr)
Image Via X user @HinduToiletClnr
Claim:
Photographs shared in December 2023 showed singer Dua Lipa escorted by locals after being sexually harassed while visiting Jodhpur, India.

On Dec. 27, 2023, a collage of two photographs was circulated on X (formerly Twitter) with a caption "Dua Lipa was sexually harassed by some men while visiting Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Locals had to escort her to safety."

(X user @AsianDigest)

We used Google reverse-image search to investigate the photographs' origins.

We found that the collage was originally shared by the RVCJ Media Facebook account on Dec. 27. However, the caption in that post was significantly different from the version cited above, reading instead: "Dua Lipa is casually roaming around the streets of Jodhpur & no one is recognizing her."

(Facebook page RVCJ Media )

The image was also published on RVCJ Media's X account, describing itself as "India's Largest Digital Publisher," reaching over 1 million views as of this writing.

The photographs used in the image originated from a viral video that showed the singer casually strolling in Rajasthan, and allegedly not being recognized despite her popularity. An Indian English-language daily newspaper, The Free Press Journal, featured the video in an article with the title "Locals Fail To Recognise Dua Lipa As She Takes A Stroll On Streets Of Jodhpur."

We investigated whether Dua Lipa actually traveled to India in late December 2023 and found that on Dec. 24, 2023, she shared multiple photographs from India on her official Instagram account with a caption reading "Happy Holidays from me to youuuuu❤️ sending love light health and happiness for the year ahead x."

Finally, we found no reports of Dua Lipa "being sexually harassed by some men while visiting Jodhpur," as social media posts claimed. Taking all of the above into account, we have rated this claim as Miscaptioned.

Sources

“Locals Fail To Recognise Dua Lipa As She Takes A Stroll On Streets Of Jodhpur; Netizens REACT To Viral Video.” Free Press Journal, https://www.freepressjournal.in/entertainment/locals-fail-to-recognise-dupa-lipa-as-she-takes-a-stroll-on-streets-of-jodhpur-netizens-react-to-viral-video. Accessed 28 Dec. 2023.

Aleksandra Wrona is a reporting fellow for Snopes, based in the Warsaw area.