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Women’s Day picture from Maharashtra goes viral with misleading claim

Amid International Women’s Day celebrations on March 8, two pictures of a young girl in hijab with policemen are going viral with the claim that a 24-year-old Muslim girl in Mumbai qualified the IAS exam.

24 Year's Old Indian Muslim Girl Qualifies IAS in Maharashtra Mumbai.

Posted by Burhan for "Kishtwar" on Saturday, March 7, 2020

India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim along with the photos to be misleading. The girl seen in the photos was made district superintendent of police (DSP) just for a day in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district ahead of International Women’s Day.

Many Facebook users have shared the misleading post. The archived version of the post can be seen here.

With the help of reverse search, we found a YouTube video of “The Times of India” regarding the incident. As per this news report, 14-year-old Sahrish Kanwal of the Zilla Parishad Urdu High School in Malkapur tehsil took over as DSP for a day in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district.

The Times of India had published a detailed report on the same on March 5.


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