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Mistranslation or Fake Image? AAI's Response to Shabana Azmi's Post is Dividing Twitter

Airports Authority of India took to its official Twitter handle and requested not to circulate such photographs without proper 'fact-checking'

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Updated:November 2, 2019, 3:05 PM IST
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Mistranslation or Fake Image? AAI's Response to Shabana Azmi's Post is Dividing Twitter
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A day after the photograph of a signboard at Chennai airport, which was shared by Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi, went viral; the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has come clarified that the image was morphed.

The Masoom actress shared a picture of signboard that was placed at the waiting lounge of the airport. According to United Press International, the picture of the signboard was actually clicked and shared in August 2015 by Justin Ross Lee at Chennai International Airport.

The picture shared read, "Farsh Par Khaana Sakht Mana Hai" in Hindi, which translates to "Eating on carpet strictly prohibited." The signboard, however, had an English translation of the order by AAI that read, "Eating carpet is strictly prohibited." As you can guess, the "on" was missing.

Airports Authority of India took to its official Twitter handle and requested not to circulate such photographs without proper "fact-checking". AAI tweeted, "Important Announcement from #AAI Since 2015, this morphed image shown has been doing rounds time and again. Requesting everyone not to circulate any such photographs without proper fact-checking."

The English translation on the signboard "Eating carpet is strictly prohibited," had the word "on" missing.

A number of users commented on the tweet by the AAI and here is what they wrote:

https://twitter.com/pprasant/status/1190111279039442944

However, a user said that the image is "not morphed" and the exact board was "seen" in Chennai Airport 6 months or so back.

Yet another user asked AAI to "just admit there was a mistake and correct it".

The image shared by Shabani Azmi on Instagram two days ago instantly went viral and has already received almost 3,700 likes, along with a number of comments.

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Really ?!!!

A post shared by Shabana Azmi (@azmishabana18) on

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