New Delhi: A day after Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod from Pune, India announced to an elated press that they had conquered Mount Everest, accusations about a morphed photograph of a fellow mountaineer and posting it on social media came barraging in.
Climber Satyarup Siddhanta claimed that the photo of him on Mount Everest with his crew had been photo-shopped to fit the image of Tarakeshwari Rathod. The two pictures – Rathod holding an Indian flag and Siddhanta spreading his arms – are identical, except for the fact that the Rathod couple made changes in the colour of the uniform and added the Indian flag.
While speaking to reporters, Sudarshan Prasad Dhakal, Nepal's tourism chief, said, "In order to provide a certificate to the climber, we rely on their photograph on top of Mount Everest. If someone fakes their photos, it's hard to determine that they are not original."
If the photos are indeed found to be morphed, the couple could face a 10-year ban from mountaineering expedition in Nepal.
Siddhanta posted a message on his Facebook page where he wrote: "This is so so so amazing!!!!!!!! They took my pics and Photoshopped their image of summit... And got certificates too... Where is mountaineering going????? Shame on you officers from Pune!"