Fact Check: Photo Of School Children Hanging From Wire Bridge Is Not From Uttarakhand

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates the claim that photograph shows children in Uttarakhand hanging from a wire bridge, who are on their way to school.

India   |   17 Aug 2020 7:49 AM GMT
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Vijay S Hegde
Fact Check: Photo Of School Children Hanging From Wire Bridge Is Not From Uttarakhand

A photograph showing children in school uniform holding on to a cable bridge is being circulated with the claim that it is from Uttarakhand.

"These pictures are of the same country where a grand temple is being built at a cost of crores. This is a picture of Uttarakhand children going to school and our country is moving towards bullet train? (Translated to English)" reads the caption of one such post.


Photograph shows children in Uttarakhand using wire bridge to reach school.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

A reverse image search on Yandex indicated that the photograph is from Nepal.

A report which carried the viral image also mentioned that it is from Nepal.

A 2016 article by The Telegraph which has also carried a similar photograph stated that the image is from Dhading village, Benighat district located in central Nepal.

According to the report, there are many such wire crossings across the Trishulil river in Benighat district.

An Al Jazeera ground report says that more than 50 children use the wire crossing seen in the photograph every day. The report also states that many children fall into the water or injure their fingers while crossing the river using a hook.

"Hundreds of children in Nepal have to make perilous journeys to school every day using gondola-like wire bridges built over dangerous rivers. Risking injury and death, many take the measure so they can get an education and make it to school. Al Jazeera's Subina Shrestha reports from Dhading," reads the caption of the YouTube video.

According to a report by myrepublica, published on May 21, 2018, 10 of the 11 wire bridges over Trishuli River in the Benighat district of Nepal, have been replaced by suspension bridges. This includes the ones in Dhading village.

Below is a screenshot of the report showing one such suspension bridge:

Although the viral image is from Nepal, it is true that many villages of Uttarakhand lack proper bridges. School children have to resort to dangerous ropeways to reach school.

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Claim Review :  Photograph shows children in Uttarakhand hanging from a wire bridge to reach school.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  False
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

Founding Editor- Special Project

As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Vijay S Hegde

Vijay S Hegde

Trainee Creative Producer

"I am a creative, artistic and ambitious designer, with a talent for thinking outside the box and coming up with innovative ideas and designs. I graduated with a 1st Class honors degree in Video Editing from MAYA ACADEMY OF ADVANCED CINEMATICS"

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