The Indian Couple Who Climbed Mount Everest Faked The Whole Thing

09.01.16 2 years ago

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This story doesn’t feel like the plot of a Wes Anderson movie; it’s more like a subplot, or background on two characters given in a quick flashback while Alec Baldwin narrates. An Indian couple that claimed to have scaled Mount Everest fabricated the whole story, according to the New York Times.

In June, Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod announced to the world that they became the first Indian couple to climb the mountain and now could bring a child into the world because of it. As someone who is not a mountain climber and fails to see the connection between birth and ascending to high altitudes, this seems like an odd goal and even stranger thing to lie about. If there was ever something that should not have shame attached to it, it’s failing to climb a gigantic mountain.

Making this poor attempt to get away with a crime even funnier — the couple’s plot was to use doctored photographs and … AND … they are cops!

Those doubts were confirmed this week when the Nepalese authorities said that the Rathods, both police officers in the Indian state of Maharashtra, had doctored photographs submitted to the government in applying for a certificate of a successful climb. The couple were barred from climbing Nepal’s mountains for 10 years.

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