Two pictures are going viral with a narrative that they belong to the same woman who fought against the circumstances and became the police officer.

In the first picture, we can see a woman carrying stone blocks on her head and a baby in her lap, and in the second picture, we can see image of a lady police officer along with her family.

The narrative in Telugu claims that "నెత్తిమీద రోళ్లు.. చంకలో బిడ్డ

కష్టపడి చదివి ఎస్సై అయింది..

చేతిలో బిడ్డ, తలపై రోళ్లు పెట్టి అమ్ముతున్న ఈ అమ్మాయి పేరు పద్మశిల. ఇంతకీ ఈ అమ్మాయి స్పెషాలిటీ ఏంటో తెలుసా. ఇంత కష్టపడుతున్న ఈ అమ్మాయి డిగ్రీ చదువుకుంటోంది. మహారాష్ట్ర పబ్లిక్ సర్వీస్ పరీక్షలు రాసి ఇప్పుడు ఎస్సై అయింది. బాగా చదువుకుని కూడా కుటుంబాన్ని, బిడ్డని పోషించుకునేందుకు తలపై రోళ్లు పెట్టుకుని వీధి వీధీ తిరిగి అమ్ముకుంటూ కూడా పబ్లిక్ సర్వీస్ కమిషన్ పరీక్షలు రాసి పాసైంది. ఇటువంటి యువతులే నిజంగా ఆదర్శ ప్రాయులు."

"She is Padmasila, who used to sell stone blocks for a living, After finishing her degree, Padmashila wrote public service exams and became SI. Despite being a mother and selling stone blocks on the streets, she was able to achieve her dreams and become SI," reads the English translation of the message.



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These pictures were shared with the same narrative by others in the country.

Fact check:

The claim that the woman selling stone blocks in the first picture is the lady inspector in the second picture is FALSE.

These pictures belong to two different people. When performed a Google Reverse image search, we found that the lady inspector named Padmashila Tirpude belonged to Maharashtra. Several Marathi reports have been found about her success story. Tirpude, who now is an Assistant inspector of Police in Nagpur district denied the reports that she used to sell stone blocks. "My past and struggles are being misrepresented. The question is how to look at a society that spreads misconceptions," Tirpude, a native of Bhandara district, was quoted by Maharashtra Times.

She graduated in 2009 and became Sub Inspector in 2013. The viral picture was taken then. She rubbished the claims saying that it is a coincidence that the woman selling stone blocks looks like her.

https://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/viral-adda/trending/ips-shared-psi-padmashila-tirpude-photo-goes-viral-tirpude-clarified-about-photo-46876/

The picture of the woman selling the stone blocks was first shared by a Facebook group named Zindagi images, by Suresh Gundeti in July 2017. In October 2017, Suresh Gundeti gave an explanation to the photograph stating that the lady in the picture belongs to Koratla, Telangana.



We can find that explanation here in this link.

This claim has been debunked by Alt news, Vishvas news also.

Therefore, the claim that Lady SI used to sell stone blocks, before becoming Sub-inspector is FALSE.


Claim Review :   Lady sub-inspector in viral picture is woman who sold stone blocks.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Satya Priya BN

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