Suryanelli rape case: 111 people booked for sharing comments on Facebook

27 Feb

Bindu Krishna-PJ Kurien-K SudhakaranIn yet another sad incident of so called moral policing, the Kerala police have registered a case under IT Act on a complaint that ‘abusive’ comments have been posted on Facebook against the state Mahila Congress chief  Bindu Krishna for backing Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P.J .Kurien in the Suryanelli rape case. Bindu Krishna filed a complaint saying that abusive comments, along with her picture, had been posted on Facebook after which a case under Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act had been imposed on Facebook users.

Police has filed a case against a man who posted a defamatory comment and the others for sharing the post. Around 120 persons were interrogated by police in Thiruvananthapuram and surrounding areas for posting obscene posts against Bindu Krishna on Facebook. So far Kerala police have booked a case against 111 people for posting derogatory remarks on Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, the accused in the Suryanelli rape case.

Just a few days ago on February 16, 2013, K Sudhakaran a Lok Sabha Congress MP from Kannur, Kerala made dirty comments about the girl victim of the Suryanelli rape case. During a press conference in Muscat K Sudhakaran said the Suryanelli rape case victim who was allegedly raped by 42 men over 40 days in 1996, when she was 16 had carried out “outright prostitution”. Bindu Krishna reacted to the statement by saying “He should withdraw his statement and tender an apology”. K Sudhakaran apologizes for his comments and easily got away with the bold statement of referring a rape victim as a prostitute, whereas the common people of India are facing the sword of politician made law just for sharing and commenting on this whole issue.

Why in the world K Sudhakaran was let away for passing bad comments about a rape victim and the common people of India are being punished? The Kerala Government said they do not agree with Sudhakaran’s view, but could not take legal steps as he made the statement in Muscat. What a reason for not booking a minister! If government thinks people have committed a crime so has K Sudhakaran. Isn’t the law equal for everyone? The way things are going in our country, very soon there will separate jails built for Facebook users who comment or share anything against the government. One thing these politicians need to understand is that they should know how to handle criticism by common people of India, if the police of our country go with the politicians complaints of defamatory remarks, the day will not be far when whole of the country will be booked for sharing some kind of comments against some politician.

If these politicians are really true then why shall they worry about the comments, in fact they create more shame for themselves by using the IT act against the people of India. Let’s hope that coming years will give enough common sense to our so called leaders on how to face criticism on Facebook, Twitter and other social media properties on internet. The internet users in India are growing every second and their freedom of speech just can’t be killed by the hands of these politicians who are elected only by the people of India.

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