No, Hijab Girl Muskan is not standing alongside Rahul Gandhi

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

Since the Hijab girl, Muskan confronted the saffron shawl clad boys in EPS college in Mandya, Karnataka; there have been many misleading claims about her doing the rounds on social media.

Facto News debunked one such fake news. A collage of two girls was widely shared on social media with the claim that Muskan on normal days wears western clothes, however, the day she confronted the saffron-clad mob, went to college on burqa for propaganda. We found both the girl is different and the claim is misleading. Read our fact-check here.

Now an image of a lady standing alongside former Congress Party chief, Rahul Gandhi, is in circulation on social media with an indirect hint that the girl standing beside him is the Hijab girl, Muskan. Therefore, the claim suggests that the Hijab controversy is propped up by Congress Party.

However, Facto News found out that the lady standing beside Rahul Gandhi is a Congress MLA from Jharkhand.

Ankita Singh Chauhan, a Twitter posted the image with the caption that reads: “कल शेरनी बनकर कर कॉलेज गई थी आज गधी बनी है”  (Translation: Yesterday she went to college as a lioness, today she has become a donkey)

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

Another Twitter user, Trivikram Narayan Singh, posted the same image with the caption that reads: “Is she Hijab/Burka girl?? If yes than mastermind is here. #HijabRow #HijabControversy”


(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

The same image with the same claim posted by several Twitter users can be accessed here and here. And the same is viral on Facebook too.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

FactO Check: 

On conducting several rounds of reverse image search of the viral image we came across the same photo posted by Facebook page Amba Prasad on Tuesday, 8 February.  Amba Prasad is a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Badkagaon, Jharkhand.

Along with the post, the caption states that the MPs, MLAs and senior members of Jharkhand Congress had a meeting with Rahul Gandhi on important issues. The meeting was also attended by Congress general secretary in charge of Jharkhand, Avinash Pandey, Congress state president Rajesh Thakur and Umang Singhar.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

We then scrolled through the Twitter timeline of Amba Prasad. On Thursday, 10 February, She has clarified in a tweet that she is there in the viral photo. Further, She also says, an attempt is being made to spread discord using this photograph but our party respects both saffron cloth and burqa.


From the above findings, it is evident that the lady standing beside Rahul Gandi is Amba Prasad a Congress MLA from Jharkhand.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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