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    Fact Check: The nurse present at the time of Rahul Gandhi’s birth was not a 13-year-old

    Here is how we debunked the claim.

    CLAIM

    A claim is getting viral on social media about the nurse, Rajamma who was present at the time of Rahul Gandhi’s birth. The claim says ‘Rajamma is 62, Rahul is 49, So when he was born, the nurse was 13-year-old, Yaha bhi saala scam (There is a scam here as well).’

    The twitter handle from which this claim has been retweeted and liked several times is Muralikrishna. It also seems that the claim originated from his account on Twitter. He made the claim while retweeting photos from ANI where Rahul Gandhi can be seen meeting Rajamma Vavathil. Gandhi was on a 3-day visit to Wayanad from June 7-June 9.

    Muralikrishna is followed by the official handle of Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister of India. Similarly, Ritu who also propagated a fake news regarding ‘love jihad’ is followed by Nirmala Sitharaman.

    A verified Twitter handle, Vikas Pandey who claims he is a BJP volunteer, also retweeted this claim. Several prominent leaders follow him on Twitter, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

    A verified Twitter handle, Vikas Pandey also retweeted the fake claim
    A verified Twitter handle, Vikas Pandey also retweeted the fake claim

    The same post was also shared on Facebook several times.

    TRUE OR FALSE

    The claim that Rajamma Vavathil is 62-year-old is false. She is in fact 72.

    OUR METHOD

    We searched about Rajamma Vavathil on Google and came across several news reports that confirm her age as 72.

    A couple of months ago, when there was a controversy about Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship, Outlook had done a detailed story about Rajamma where it is mentioned that she was 23 at the time of Rahul Gandhi’s birth. The report mentions she was working at a hospital in New Delhi where Rahul Gandhi was born.

    Another report in The Hindu about the meeting of nurse Rajamma and Rahul also says that she is 72 years old.

    Therefore, the claim that Rajamma Vavathil was 13 years old at the time of Rahul Gandhi’s birth is false. She was 23 year old when Gandhi was born.

    Rahul Gandhi has been the target of fake news factory since a long time. Recently, we debunked a fake claim which said that Pakistani flags were raised at Rahul Gandhi victory celebration in Wayanad.

    If you come across any video, image or claim which you would like us to verify, please send it to info@htnnews.in

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