Rahul Gandhi Beaten Badly in Amethi, Picture: Fact Check


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Rahul Gandhi Beaten Badly in Amethi

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Watch: Rahul Gandhi Beaten up Badly in Amethi, his Lok Sabha Constituency.

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(Hindi)
अमेठी में हुई राहुल गाँधी की जोरदार पिटाई

Fact Check:

A picture in wide circulation on social media purports to show how Congress President Rahul Gandhi is beaten up badly in Amethi. As of this writing, Amethi is Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh state of India. The picture in question shows Rahul Gandhi carrying a bruised, black eye and injury mark on forehead. No, the claims are not true – the picture is the result of digital Photoshop alteration.

About the Picture Showing ‘Rahul Gandhi Beaten in Amethi’

On 7th May 2019, a Facebook user shared the picture in question in a Group with a message in Hindi. It suggested about Rahul Gandhi welcomed ‘strongly’ in Amethi today with immense pomp. Subsequently, many social media users shared the picture claiming Rahul Gandhi is beaten in his own Lok Sabha constituency, Amethi.

Screenshot of related post in a Facebook group
Screenshot of related post in a Facebook group

Amidst the ongoing 2019 Lok Sabha elections in India, Amethi went to poll on 6th of May 2019. Prior to the poll, Rahul Gandhi visited Amethi on 4th May along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi. The Congress President has been frequently sharing photos of his election campaign visits and others along with some live broadcasting on Facebook. Likewise, we did not see any hints of such bruises shown in the picture.

Digitally Altered

Firstly, we did not find such an image with any credible information related to what the messages on social media say. The image in the background of Rahul Gandhi is in fact Mount Kailash. Earlier in August-September 2018, the Congress President went on a Kailash Mansarovar yatra and shared some pictures from there. Notably, on 31st August he tweeted a picture of the Mount Kailash, part of which appears in the background of the picture in question.

At the time, response to one of his tweets from Amit Malviya, BJP’s national Information & Technology in-charge created a controversy. Consequently, in a video reporting of the incident, Republic TV shared a representative image showing Amit Malviya and Rahul Gandhi, with Mount Kailash picture in background.

Representative image used in a video report
Representative image used in a video report

As you can see, the original picture does not show Rahul Gandhi with any kind of injury marks on face. Therefore, the picture messages claiming to show Congress President Rahul Gandhi is beaten badly in Amethi are just digitally manipulated hoaxes. Below are the original and fake picture creations.

Fake and the Real Image
Fake and the Real Image

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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Prashanth Damarla
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