Did Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi marry according to Islam? No, the viral image is fake!

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The truth will always come out no matter how much it is hidden. This is the real photo of Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi. This fake Gandhi family is Mohammed Ghazi’s family. Send this photo to 10 people, educate the country, and save India from turning into Pakistan.

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Explanation

Right-wing supporters continue to spread fake news about former Prime Minister Nehru’s family, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, and Rahul Gandhi as belonging to Christian and Muslim communities. YouTurn continues to report on their veracity.

In this case, the right-wing is spreading a photo on social media saying that the marriage of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi was held according to Islam. The image is circulated with a claim stating, “This is the real photo of Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi. This fake Gandhi family is Mohammed Ghazi’s family.” Some users add, ‘Send this photo to 10 people, educate the country, and save India from turning into Pakistan.’ One can view a similar claim post from 2018 here.

What’s the truth?

We used reverse image search to look for the viral image that was making the rounds on social media, purporting to be an Islamic wedding photo of Rajiv Gandhi. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any information regarding the image.

We also looked through online archives for images and recordings of the February 25, 1968, wedding of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi. The NDTV and News 18 websites have both the story and the video up.

We watch Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi sign the marriage register book in the video on the ‘British Movietone’ YouTube page. After that, they celebrated their marriage by cutting the cake.

Similarly, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi’s wedding photos have been posted as a video on the YouTube page ‘papoinews’. In one of the photographs, both of them can be seen wearing tilaks on their foreheads as per the Hindu tradition.

Following Rajiv Gandhi’s death, Hindu rites were followed in his funeral. Not only that, but Rahul Gandhi also dissolved his ashes in the holy river according to Hindu tradition. His Mother Sonia Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi can also be seen with him in the video.

The marriage of Rajiv Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi was also held in Hindu style. Her wedding photos are posted on the website ‘Aajtak’.

All this information concludes that the viral image is fake and this image has a long history of circulation on the internet with fictional stories.

Conclusion:

In our search, the rumor that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi got married in Islam is not true. Their wedding video shows that there is no such incident.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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