Fact Check: Morphed Image Viral as Azam Khan Shaved His Head to Mourn Mulayam Singh’s Death

Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav died on October 10, 2022, in Medanta Hospital.

In the above context, an image of SP leader Azam Khan went viral in which his head is shaved. The image is shared with a caption claiming that Khan shaved his head to mourn the death of Mulayam Singh.

The caption associated with the image reads: “कौन कहता है की नेताजी को कोई नहीं मानता आज माननीय आजम खान नेताजी की लिए हिंदू संस्कार के तहत अपना मुंडन करवाया.” (English translation: “Who said no one liked Netaji. Today Azam Khan got his head shaved as per the Hindu ritual to mourn the death of Netaji.”)

The link to the post can be seen here.


NewsMobile did the fact-check, and found it to be fake.

Doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found a similar image uploaded by NDTV on June 1. 2022, with a caption: “Azam Khan (with red hair) is one of the Samajwadi Party’s tallest Muslim leaders.”

We compared and found that in the original image Azam Khan has hair on his head unlike the image published on social media.

The Hindu also published the image on June 1, 2022 with a caption that reads: “Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav visits party MLA Azam Khan at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. | Photo Credit: PTI”

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral image is altered. Thus, the claim is fake.

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