NDTV 24X7 spoke to the two girls who were arrested for posting a comment on facebook. Here’s the rough transcript of the part that should bother each one of us. Do you blame them? See the original interview here.
NDTV: Do you find it strange that you wrote a post and you were arrested for that?
Girl: I apologised for that.
NDTV: But do you think you did anything wrong?
Girl: No comment… I apologise for that.
NDTV: Tell me will you ever think of putting any posts on facebook after this?
The girl: No.
[Watch the interview here: We are scared, won’t write on Facebook: Women arrested for Mumbai bandh post]
And this is the facebook comment that got two young women arrested, one for posting it and the other for ‘liking’ it. Now nine people have been arrested for vandalising one of the girl’s uncle’s clinic.
Here’s the comment that got them arrested:
“With all due respect, every day thousands of people die but still the World moves on. Just due to one politician died a natural death, everyone goes bonkers. They should know we are resilient by force, not by choice. When was the last time, did anyone showed some respect or even a two-minute silence for Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Azad, Sukhdev or any of the people because of whom we are free-living Indians? Respect is earned, given, and definitely not forced. Today, Mumbai shuts down due to fear, not due to respect.”
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