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No, This Hijab-Clad Sania Mirza Pic Is Not From Pakistan

No, This Hijab-Clad Sania Mirza Pic Is Not From Pakistan

A Facebook post that has gone viral claims that the ace tennis player is forced to wear hijab in Pakistan.

A viral meme showing tennis player Sania Mirza wearing a t-shirt and ripped jeans in one pic while a hijab in another and claiming that the latter was taken in Pakistan, is misleading. The image is from 2006 and is from Saudi Arabia.

The post that has gone viral on Facebook

The post, shared by Facebook user Necio D’souza, has been shared over 350 times and makes the following claim, ‘Hyderabad (india) to hyderabad (Pakistan). The new story of intolerance and ignorance is here. ‘ Here’s the archived version of the post.

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हैदराबाद (india) to hyderabad (Pakistan).The new story of intolerance and ignorance is here.

Posted by Necio D'souza on Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The viral post

The same image has been shared on Twitter too.

Fact Check

When BOOM ran a reverse image search and found an article on Rediff published November 11, 2006. You can access the archived version here.

The article carries the same image of Mirza, albeit she is seen standing with another hijab-clad woman. The article does not mention who is standing along side the tennis star but it does state that the photograph was clicked by a reader Suhail Ahmed Sajjad in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Mirza was visiting the holy place for Umrah. We also found other pictures of Sania Mirza where she can be seen in Hijab.

Sania Mirza with family members during Umrah circa 2006

An image of Mirza, along with her husband Shoaib Malik, was also posted on the latter’s official Instagram handle. The duo were married in 2010, four years after the picture in the viral meme was taken.

View this post on Instagram

Blessed 🙏🏼

A post shared by Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) on

From Shoaib Malik’s Insta handle

Even Mirza had tweeted a photograph from the 2018 Umrah on her official Twitter handle.

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Claim Review : Sania Mirza forced to wear hijab in Pakistan

Fact Check : False


Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.

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