India police couple fired over fake Photoshopped Everest climb photos

Aug 9, 2017

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India police couple fired over fake Photoshopped Everest climb photos

Aug 9, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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In 2016, Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, police officers from India, said that they were the country’s first couple to successfully reach the 29,035ft Everest summit.  They even had the photos to confirm the claim. But shortly after, it turned out the photos were doctored, and the couple faced a police investigation.

On Monday, the police in Maharashtra confirmed that the couple had “morphed photographs,” and as a result – they were both fired from work.

As BBC reports, additional Commissioner Sahebrao Patil told the PTI news agency that the couple “shared misleading information” and “brought disrepute to the Maharashtra Police department.” Under these claims, they both lost the jobs as police officers.

The couple showed the photos of the climb as the proof they were successful in their venture. However, a Bangalore-based climber Satyarup Sidhantha was the first to discover that the photos were fake. As he told the media, the photos Rathods presented as the “proof” were actually his. After this, more evidence and reasons for suspicion emerged. Finally, the couple went under investigation and it was soon confirmed that the photos were fake.

The tourism department of India certified their ascend, but when the scam was discovered, they revoked the decision. The couple also faced a 10-year mountaineering ban from Nepalese authorities. And now – they were also sacked from work. All because of a photoshopped image.

I agree that what they did was wrong and they definitely shouldn’t get any credits for the climb. If the police department where they work wanted to punish them, they could have suspended them temporarily. But to me, all these measures seem a little too harsh. What do you think?

[via BBC, image credits: BBC]

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11 responses to “India police couple fired over fake Photoshopped Everest climb photos”

  1. Dave Cooley Avatar
    Dave Cooley

    Harsh..I don’t think so. .

    1. Tom Gallagher Avatar
      Tom Gallagher

      Two untrustworthy police officers- not harsh at all. #disrepute

  2. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    bringing the force under a black cloud….not surprised they got sacked…

  3. Jade Holing Avatar
    Jade Holing

    In an ideal world, the police force ought to be made of exemplary members.
    Its ont thing if they did it for a prank, but to attempt a legitimate claim, took it too far.

  4. Autumn Jay Avatar
    Autumn Jay

    I don’t know how the police or courts in India function, but in the USA , you can bet that any defense attorney would use this stunt to impeach the testimony of the officer. #1- Untruthful. #2 – manipulation of any evidence.

  5. Stuart Pike Avatar
    Stuart Pike

    If you can’t trust the word of a police officer about an activity in their personal life as evidence has proven, then how can anyone trust their word in court. The removal from work permanently is the correct course of action.

  6. Brandon Leow Avatar
    Brandon Leow

    I don’t think it’s too harsh. Using a photoshopped image to claim recognition and glory over something they didn’t do. On top of that claiming to be the first for India. And also as police officers. Not only are they tarnishing the police force, they are tarnishing the name of the country.

  7. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    I’m gonna guess there’s more to the story than only this. Here’s some more from the BBC piece:
    “Many of those who have succeeded in scaling the 8,848m (29,029ft) mountain have subsequently gone on to have lucrative careers as motivational speakers and authors.”

    They stole and doctored a bunch of photos that wasn’t theirs, they lied to get potentially lucrative certificates, and I think the police is the last place that wants to be associated with people who do scams like that. It’s damaging for associations around climbing Everest, damaging to the police force, and probably something that has more far reaching consequences than we realize.

  8. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    Fake news is fake news. If you present something as truth that is actually a lie, it makes you a fraud and a cheat. Guess in India they want better than that. Good for them.

  9. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    Not harsh if you look far a bit – these guys faked something personal like this, and they work in the police force which is supposedly to be a neutral authority in most situations and to being “justice” to the community where it is. There is no guarantee that they won’t manipulate their knowledge and their position in the force for their own benefits in the future.

  10. Johan Saarela Avatar
    Johan Saarela

    No last thing police in india needs is dishonest people that try to gain fame and money by lies