Hyderabad: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently launched the new population policy 2021-2030. The draft, which was released on 10 July — World Population Day, proposes a two-child policy.
Following this, an image of a disabled man along with his wife and seven children has gone viral on social media. Neitizens claim that the image is from India and have linked it to the UP population policy.
One Twitter user who shared the photo wrote, "This is the condition when both legs do not work. India demands population law." (Translated)
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The claim is false.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same photo on the website of The Biennial's Grant, an organization that supports photographers working on documentary or fine art projects. The image was part of a project by Probal Rashi who was one of the finalists for the May 2017 Edition. The project is titled "The Rohingyas: A People Without A Home" and focuses on the Rohingya Muslims who fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in 2016 after the Burmese military launched clearance operations.
We also found the photo on stock image websites Getty Images and Alamy from 6 March 2017. The man in the photo is identified as Mohammad Alamgir. It was taken in Coxs bazar, Bangladesh. A part of the caption reads, "Mohammad disabled due to polio, fled with his family from recent violence in Myanmar, and has taken shelter in Kutupalong refugee camp, Coxs bazar." These websites also credited the image to Probal Rashi.
The photo was taken in Bangladesh and is linked to the Rohingya exodus who fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in 2016. It is falsely being linked to the recent Uttar Pradesh Population (Control, Stabilization and Welfare) Bill, 2021.