Story behind viral picture of a crying schoolgirl with grandmother

Posted on 2018-08-23 16:44:03 by FactHunt Admin

Summary

While the grandmother-granddaughter duo is claiming that she is living in an old age home out of choice for spiritual reasons, the photographer also stands by his story which was published in 2007 in Divya Bhaskar.

A picture is worth a thousand words, however, sometimes the story behind the picture can be heartbreaking.  An image is going viral on social media in which a  schoolgirl is crying while hugging an old lady who is her grandmother. It is being claimed that a school had organised a tour to an old age home and the girl found her grandmother there. When she used to ask her parents about the whereabouts of grandma, she was told that she has gone to meet her relatives. The unexpected reunion between the two brought tears, which was captured by the photographer.

The above story with the image has been shared by many prominent personalities like Harbhajan Singh, Arvind Kejriwal, etc.

Is this picture a recent one?

According to a BBC report, the above picture was taken by Kalpit S Bhachech back in 2007 at an old age home in Ghodasar Ahmedabad Gujarat. While they are indeed granddaughter-grandmother duo, the story behind it is slightly different.

BBC Hindi took an interview with the granddaughter-grandmother duo on 22nd Aug 2018. Bhakti, the schoolgirl in the picture, told that though the picture is going viral with a narrative that her grandmother Damyanti was left in the old age home, in reality, she was staying there by choice.

She said that because of her emotional nature, she broke down when she saw her grandmother. She was aware that her grandmother was leaving to stay at an old age home but not sure which one, hence the emotional outburst. Watch the complete interview here:

Photographer's version of the story

Photographer in his interview claimed that the story being shared on social media is correct. He said when the girl and the grandmother started crying after seeing his other, he immediately took the picture of them. He then asked the girl who told him that she was not aware of her grandmother's whereabouts. He has also claimed that the girl had said herself that her father had told her that the grandmother is living at a relative's place. Watch his audio interview here.

While the grandmother-granddaughter duo is claiming that she is living in an old age home out of choice for spiritual reasons, the photographer also stands by his story which was published in 2007 in Divya Bhaskar.

Here is another picture from the visit.



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