Scandal At The Summit: An Indian Couple Have Been Accused Of Photoshopping Themselves Up Everest
They claim to be the first couple up Everest, but their photo has been called into question.
Unless you're Kenton Cool, a man who's been up Everest 38 million times, summiting the world's tallest mountain is kind of a big deal. Anyone who makes it all the way to the peak is rightfully showered with praise, and officially able to hold their heads up high as a new member of mountaineering royalty.
With so much pedigree attached to the summiting of Everest, it's no wonder that ever so often people are tempted to cut corners with it; making it up Everest, after all, is a lot of hard work. And that's where this remarkable story comes in. Reports have emerged that suggest a couple from India might just have attempted the ultimate shortcut to the top of Everest...via Photoshop.
Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod claim that they're the first couple to summit Everest as a pair, but their achievement has been called into question by climber Satyarup Siddhanta on Facebook who says that the couple have stolen his photos and photoshopped a face onto his.
“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!" he wrote on Facebook.
A comparison of the two images below would suggest that something suspicious is going on. Other than the faces, the flag, and some colouring on the gloves and trousers; the photographs are the same in almost every single way. Just look at the way people in the background are positioned practically identically in both photographs. At the time of writing, the accused couple are yet to respond.