Recently, several social media users are sharing an image of school children sitting on mud with a claim that the image is from India. The caption shared with the image can be roughly translated to, “Look at the condition of schools in the country with the world’s tallest statue."
In our investigation we found this claim to be false. The image is from Pakistan, not from India.
With the help of a reverse image search, we found this image was shared by Imran Lashari, who works at the Ministry of Foreign Affair, Islamabad in Pakistan as per his Twitter bio. He had tweeted the image in 2017 with a caption, “Government girls primary school wara sehraan tehsil karor district Layyah southpunjab whats your remarks about punjab Government. @KlasraRauf”
A further search led us to an article from 2015 published in Pakistan-based Siasat. As per the website, this school is in Pakistan’s Punjab.
In conclusion, the viral image of school children sitting on mud was being shared with the false claims that the image is from India. In our investigation it was revealed that the image is from Pakistan's Punjab.
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