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Fact Hunt: Picture of burqa-clad students falsely shared as show Kerala’s all-women police force in burqa

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The viral picture does not show the all-women police force in Kerala in burqa. The picture was taken at an Arabic college in Kerala’s Kasaragod district in 2017. The man in the photo was then districted police chief KG Simon. The burqa-clad women were college students and not in the police.

Recently, an image is doing rounds on social media platforms showing a picture of a police officer posing with a group of women in traditional Muslim attire. The image is being shared with a claim that it shows an all-women police force in Kerala in a burqa.

A Facebook user named Sanjay Arora shared the image with a caption in Hindi that can be roughly translated to, "Don’t be surprised. This is not Saudi Arabia but the all-women police force in Kerala. Hindus, keep sleeping”.

This post has been reshared over 150 times. 

The image is also viral on Twitter with the same caption in Hindi. 

The image is widely circulated on Facebook and Twitter with the same claim. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. We found that the picture was taken at an Arabic college in Kerala’s Kasaragod district in 2017. The man in the photo was then the district police chief KG Simon. The burqa-clad women were college students and not in the police.

With the help of a reverse image search, we found this picture used in a report by “The New Indian Express” published on October 24, 2017.  As per the report, the girls in burqa seen in the photograph were students of an Arabic college at Uliyathaduka in Kasaragod district of Kerala and the police officer in uniform standing in the middle was KG Simon, the then district police chief.

In conclusion, the viral picture does not show the all-women police force in Kerala in burqa. The picture was taken at an Arabic college in Kerala’s Kasaragod district in 2017. The man in the photo was then districted police chief KG Simon. The burqa-clad women were college students and not in the police.

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