Congress Uses Photo From Bangladesh To Attack BJP On Economic Crisis

BOOM found that the photo was taken at a brick factory in Fatullah, Bangladesh in 2008.

The Indian National Congress shared a 12-year-old photo of a child labourer from Bangladesh with a tweet criticising the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its handling of the COVID-19 situation and the impact it has had on the economy, especially children.

The photo showing a young child covered in dust, holding a vessel with rocks with another child partially visible in the background.

The official handle of Congress tweeted it with a caption that translates to, "The Corona crisis and the BJP crisis has had an impact on the economy of the country and also its people. Corona has caused seven crore children to face poverty. Modi government should take quick steps to remove the country from poverty."

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Viral on Facebook

The same photo was shared by several other verified state wing pages of Congress on Facebook

Viral on Facebook

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FACT-CHECK

A reverse image search using Google showed that the photo is from Bangladesh and dates back to 2008.

We found the same picture on photo agency Panos pictures's website we found that it was captured in Bangladesh in 2008 and is not related to India.

According to the caption on the site, the photo shows children working at a brick factory in Fatullah, Bangladesh that was captured by photojournalist G.M.B. Akash in January 2008.

The caption of the photo states, "Children at a brick factory in Fatullah. For each thousand bricks they carry, they earn the equivalent of 0.9 USD. 17.5 percent of all children aged between 5-15 are engaged in economic activities. The average child labourer earns between 400 to 700 taka (1 USD = 70 taka) per month, while an adult worker earns up to 5,000 taka per month."

One can see the same child in this photo as in the viral photo.

Panos Pictures photo library

Click here to view the photo on Panos's site.

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Updated On: 2020-12-04T21:27:57+05:30
Claim :   Photo shows children suffering in India due to economic crisis because of COVID-19 handling
Claimed By :  Congress Party
Fact Check :  False
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