Call for Protection of Minority Rights and Freedom of Speech Ruled Social Media This Week

Athira Nair
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Call for Protection of Minority Rights and Freedom of Speech Ruled Social Media This Week
Call for Protection of Minority Rights and Freedom of Speech Ruled Social Media This Week

India continues to struggle with political and social issues, especially those affecting women, even at a time when the country is struggling in the grip of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Between the fight for human rights and one of the biggest festivals celebrated in the country, social media was ripe with interesting comments this week too.

Award-winning journalist Rana Ayyub and top standup comedian Aditi Mittal both shared disturbing developments which throw light on anti-minority sentiments in the country:

It’s not just Muslims, but Hindu ‘lower’ caste people who continue to face this discrimination.

Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy highlighted the larger picture with an apt tweet...

... as did Communist Feminist Kavita Krishnan, on a fiery tweet-thread on how upper caste scriptures have determined the fate of everyone but upper cast men:

Incidentally, lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat - who had represented the victim in the infamous Kathua rape case of 2018 - was targeted by online trolls as well as hooligans chanting death threats to her outside her house, all for a tweet on the ongoing Hindu festival and the lack of safety of women in the country. She later said, “My intention was not to hurt religious sentiments. I did not abuse Goddess Durga. I have received calls and messages threatening me and my family members. But despite the controversy, I had the guts to let my tweet be. I did not delete it.”

Also Watch: Karuna Nundy speaks to MAKERS India

While one section abused her, many came in her defense too - among them actor and activist Swara Bhasker:

And author Kiran Manral, as always, made an observation that was quite spot on!

Of course, the world - including a billion Indians - are still fighting the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh called for simple yet effective steps to protect ourselves, via interesting tweets:

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Also Read: Questioning Secularism, Sensational Media Trials, and a Plea to Wear Masks: What Women Shared Online This Week