Anil Thakraney: Palghar FB case: Cops need to be punished

26 Jul,2013

By Anil Thakraney

 

The Bombay HC has slammed the Maharashtra government for not punishing the cops who arrested the two young girls for their Facebook post in the aftermath of Bal Thackeray’s death. In my post at the time, I pointed out that today’s kids need political education from their parents, as the 24X7 virtually connected young urban India is often disconnected from what happens in the real world. So that the bachchas think before they post. And yet, it must be said what happened to the girls was outrageous. It not only assassinated their right to free speech, the action taken by the cops was completely unjust.

 

And the incident had far reaching implications; it sent alarm bells ringing across the social media, there was a great deal of panic, and I believe many people are still quite wary about what they post. Of course, as I said, people need to look before they leap, but they can’t be fearful all the time, that takes away their fundamental right to expression. Which is why the erring cops ought to have been prosecuted, and not just suspended. This would have ensured policemen think many times before harassing ordinary citizens. Now that the Bombay HC has echoed the same thought, I think it’s time to start an FB campaign to make this happen. We need our virtual space to be vibrant, not spooky.

 

Also, what I found most galling is that on the news channels (the mass media!), politicians regularly insult and defame each other and their rival parties during the heated debates. But absolutely no action gets taken against them. Why? Well, the answer is obvious. Interpretation of the law is different for the aam aadmi and for the rich and powerful. Which means one can slander anyone on TV and nothing will happen, but an innocuous post on FB can send you to jail. Wow!

 

I am hoping that my fiery pals on social media will not let this issue die down. If we keep quiet today, they will come for us tomorrow. We have to ensure the concerned cops are made to pay for their act so that we don’t see a repeat of such unfair incidents in the future.

 

PS: Ever wondered why we don’t get to see such tempting chalkboards outside restaurants and bars in India? Well, guess the proprietors are worried that taporis passing by will use them to play football, or that some kleptos or beggars will walk away with the ‘booty’. Anyway, here’s a listing of the most creative pub chalkboards from the UK. Good fun.

 

Link: http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2013/05/06/50-brilliant-pub-chalkboards/

 

Anil Thakraney is a senior journalist and commentator. He is also Editor-at-Large, MxMIndia. The views expressed here are his own. He can be reached via Twitter at @anilthakraney

 

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2 responses to “Anil Thakraney: Palghar FB case: Cops need to be punished”

  1. rajat Ghosh says:

    Indians do not have balls, The british changed and rewrote the truth and we pass it off as history. Indains never value oneself so they never think twice before the lie / cheat, steal,,, the list goes on.

  2. rajat Ghosh says:

    Indians do not have balls, The british changed and rewrote the truth and we pass it off as history. Indains never value oneself so they never think twice before the lie / cheat, steal,,, the list goes on.

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