A photograph, allegedly of a group of girls from Kerala wearing lungis to protest a ban on jeans imposed by in colleges, has been doing the rounds on social media since Sunday and has since gone viral. 

Here is the photo:

It had over 1000 shares on Facebook with personalities like celebrity hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani among those sharing it. It is also doing the rounds on Twitter. 

Many complimented the girls:

And some engaged in a war of words:

But wait…

Turns out the same image did the rounds when a Mahesh Babu film released in 2015. 


And some folks on Twitter are claiming that this is from even before that film came out and is of some Kerala students at a dance competition. 

So here are the facts as they stand: 

  • There’s no state-wide ban on jeans in Kerala colleges. 
  • The picture isn’t of a unique protest in a Kerala college (though it isn’t a bad idea to protest against a jeans ban if there ever was one) 
  • Even the 2015 report doing the rounds of an institute run by a Muslim organisation imposing such a ban was found to be false