Fact Check: Minor girl being wrongly shown as 24-year-old IAS qualifier

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  10 March 2020 3:56 AM GMT
Fact Check: Minor girl being wrongly shown as 24-year-old IAS qualifier

Hyderabad: International Women's Day was celebrated across the globe on Sunday as part of which several events were held honouring the achievements of women in various fields.

Many photos and videos were shared throughout the day. Amidst these celebrations, two pictures of a girl in hijab have been shared on Facebook claiming "24 Year's Old Indian Muslim Girl Qualifies IAS in Maharashtra Mumbai."

It has also been shared on Twitter but without the photos

Fact Check:

The claim is FALSE.

The girl in the photos looks too young to be a 24-year-old. When the images were searched on the internet using Google reverse image search, we found a video report published by Times of India on March 5, 2020.

The girl is Sahrish Kanwal, a 14-year-old from Zilla Parishad Urdu High School, Malkapur tehsil of Budhiana district in Maharashtra. The pictures were clicked when she was made DSP for a day. This was part of the district administration's initiative to inspire girls by giving them a hands-on experience on how officials work and address issues pertaining to the district.


The TOI report says that "Ahead of International Women's Day, a 14-year-old girl was made district superintendent of police (DSP) 'for a day' in Maharashtra's Buldhana district. Sahrish Kanwal, from Zilla Parishad urdu high school, Malkapur tehsil, took over as DSP for a day. Sahrish resolved to end cases of atrocities against women and child and aim towards ensuring every girl becomes self-dependent and proves her mettle. The weeklong initiative conceptualised by Buldhana collector Suman Chandra allows girls to experience the administration's functioning and address other issues. The district administration is also celebrating 'pink week', focusing on women's health."

Here is the video on TOI YouTube

The photos of Sahrish Kanwal are being shared with a misleading claim that she is a 24-year-old Muslim, who qualified for IAS in Mumbai.

This claim is FALSE.

Claim Review:Minor girl being shown as 24-year-old IAS qualifier
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Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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