Hyderabad: A photo reportedly of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, the founder of AIIMS, is being widely shared on Facebook.

The text accompanying the photo reads, "She's Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, the Founder of AIIMS. She was India's first Health Minister and 1st Asian to Head the Governing body of WHO. Most of the Indians don't know her. She was a hero, who fought for Freedom & better life of Indians (sic)."

Find the archived link to the Facebook post here

We also found the same photo on other websites.



Fact Check:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found that the woman in the photo is Avantika Mehta, writer and creator of 'The Ladies Compartment', and not Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Avantika had tweeted on 28 June clarifying that she was the woman in the photograph.

She said the photo was part of a shoot she did for a friend's website five years ago. She said she wanted the image to be taken down.

We also searched for articles on Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and found an article by the Indian Express with original photos of the princess.

Find the link to the article here

The article talks about Rajkumari Amrit Kaur's history and her role in making AIIMS a success.

We compared the viral image with photos of Avantika Mehta and found several similarities between the two images.

Hence, the claim is false. The viral image is not of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur but of Avantika Mehta. Despite several fact-checks and tweets by Avantika herself, this image with the false claim continues to circulate.

Claim Review :   Photo of Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, the founder of AIIMS.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Shimron Diana

Shimron Diana is a Fact Checker at News Meter. She is currently pursuing her Master's in MA. Mass communication and journalism from St. Francis College for Women, Begumpet. Along with her interests in writing, researching and reporting, she also finds herself interested in graphic designing, visual effects, motion graphics, painting, and content creation.

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