A black and white photograph is being circulated on social media platforms with the claim that it shows freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh.
The image shows a man being publicly flogged by another one in uniform. "This is a rare photo of Bhagat Singh ji where he is seen getting flogged. And we are taught that Nehru and Gandhi had given us freedom," reads the caption of one such post.
The photo has been shared extensively on Twitter.
Black and white viral photograph shows freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh being beaten-up.
The claim is false.
A Reverse image search of the image indicated that the photo dates back to 1919.
According to a report by Byline Times, the photograph shows an instance of Indians being flogged following the Amritsar Massacre in 1919.
Below is a screenshot is taken from the report:
In a report by a website called Sab Rang, the photograph is captioned 'Flogging in the erstwhile Punjab, 1919.'
Below is a screenshot of the report:
In 1919, Bhagat Singh was 12 years old and a school student. He had visited Jallianwala Bagh just hours after the massacre. According to his book, The Jail Notebook and Other Writings, he had brought back some mud as memorabilia.