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Image of a girl in Bangladesh is falsely shared as a kidnapped girl seen with Tamil beggars in Mangalore

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On several social media platforms, a collage with two photos of a girl is being shared widely with a claim that the girl in the photo was kidnapped and was seen with Tamil beggars in Mangalore. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Photo of girl seen in Mangalore with Tamil beggars. 

Fact: The girl is holding a tray with Bangladeshi Currency notes. Also, a newspaper report mentions her to be a Bangladeshi girl. So, the claim that she was seen in Mangalore with Tamil beggars stands FALSE.

In the photo, the child holds a tray with some currency notes. When they are carefully observed, it can be found that it is not Indian Currency. On closer observation, it is found to be Bangladeshi Currency. Bangladesh Currency notes have an image of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on them. The image on the notes held by the girl is of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

When the photo in the post is cropped and subjected to Google reverse image search technique, it was found in an article published by ‘Ajmer Comilla’ on July 13, 2019. The article was published based on a Facebook post put by a user ‘Asif Akbar’. As per the article, the girl was kidnapped nearly two years ago from Bagerhat city in Bangladesh. It was also mentioned in the article that the child was seen begging at multiple places in Dhaka.

The above findings lead us to the conclusion that the girl seen in the image is a Bangladeshi girl and she is not seen in Mangalore with Tamil beggars.

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