Fact Check: No, Viral Photo From 1919 Does Not Show Bhagat Singh

The Logical Indian fact check team investigates the claim that a black and white viral photograph shows freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh.

India   |   19 Aug 2020 2:11 PM GMT
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: No, Viral Photo From 1919 Does Not Show Bhagat Singh

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.

Fact Check:

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.

The Logical Indian could not independently identify the man in the photograph, however, it is clear that he is definitely not Bhagat Singh who was 12 at that time.

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Also Read: Fact Check: Viral Photos Shared With False Claim That Queen Radhika Raje Of Baroda Has Become A Jain Sadhvi

Claim Review :  Black and white viral photograph shows freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh.
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.

Abhishek M

Abhishek M

Creative Producer

" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

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