"We (banjara)proud of this time. First Lady of Banjara (tribal) community,Smt.Shobha Rathod become a District Collector and joined at Ranchi (Jharkhand) in traditional uniform. salut to her."
The above claim with a picture of a woman has gone viral on social media claiming her to be the first lady from the Banjara tribal community to have become the new district collector of Ranchi. The woman, according to the viral posts, is Shobha Rathod.
The Quint received WhatsApp queries regarding the same claim which said.
“आदिवासी बंजारा समुदाय की पहली महिला कलेक्टर शोभा राठौड़!!
अपनी परम्परागत क़बीलाई वेशभूषा 'लम्बाड़ी' में, जिन्होंने झारखंड के राँची में पदभार सम्भाला है... सैल्यूट... महिला शक्ति को 👏👏👏👏💐💐💐”
Multiple individuals shared the post on Twitter and Facebook.
A website called ‘Online Bhaskar’ also carried an article on the same claim.
The post is false and the image of the woman circulating along it is also wrongly identified.
With a simple reverse image search, one can find a video named 'Gor Paru Bai Teaching Gormati Dhawlo to Our Young Sisters New video By Shree Hamulal YouTube Channel’ by a page on YouTube called श्री श्री हामुलाल महाराज। (Shree Shree Hamulal Maharaj).
Her name is Paru Bai Jhadhav and not Shobha Rathod as claimed in the viral posts.
The producer of the video Naresh Rathod told The Quint that the claims made are false and the woman in the photo is Paru Bai Jhadhav, who is from Thane. Paru Bai is a social worker who works in Mumbai along with Naresh and others for the Banjara community with the Rashtriya Banjara Parishad.
“Ye fake news hai. Unka naam Paru Bai Jhadhav hai aur vo samaj sevika hain. Hum sab yahan Mumbai me social work karte hain Banjara community ke liye Rashtriya Banjara Parishad ke andar.” (This news is fake. Her name is Paru Bai Jhadhav and she is a social worker. We do social work here in Mumbai for Banjara community with Rashtriya Banjara Parishad.)Naresh Rathod, Rashtriya Banjara Parishad to The Quint
The official website of the government of Jharkhand shows that currently IAS officer Rai Mahimapat Ray is the Deputy Commissioner in Ranchi and has been holding the position since February 2018.
According to the government site, the responsibility of ‘General Administration’ of the district lies with the Deputy Commissioner and he is the Executive Head, with three-fold roles as the Deputy Commissioner, District Collector and District Magistrate. Hence, Rai Mahimpat Ray is the current district collector of Ranchi.