Woman lawyer harassed by trolls, threats, sloganeering mobs

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/22/2020 1:12:10 AM

JAMMU, Oct 21: A right-wing mob gathered outside the residence of lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat here late last night and this afternoon after she was trolled for sharing a cartoon on micro-blogging site Twitter.
The lawyer said that the mob gathered outside her accommodation, raised slogans and gave her death threat by chanting “Deepika teri kabar khudegi, Jammu Kashmir ki dharti pe (Deepika your grave will be dug in the land of Jammu and Kashmir).” She even posted a video of the mob on twitter last midnight.
Narrating the sequence of events, Rajawat said that it was 11.40 in the night when she heard few men shouting her name. She called up IGP Jammu and the SHO who responded immediately and sent police who remained there till the mob left. “But they did not stop the mob,” she said.
This afternoon another bigger mob including women once again gathered outside her residence and kept raising slogans. She said that she Rajawat said that she had repeatedly appealed to authorities for help but had not received any response. When KTNS tried to reach the IGP, he did not respond to the calls.
Two hours later, Deepika confirmed that they had gone but no police help came to her in the afternoon.
Trolls on social media site have accused Rajawat of hurting Hindu religious sentiments an some have demanded Rajawat’s arrest. She had also received threatening calls.
The cartoon shared by her and titled ‘Irony’ showed how men worship female deities and revere women through the auspicious 9-day Hindu festival of Navratri and inflict violence on them the rest of the year. The cartoon came in the wake of a string of brutal rape and murder cases of women including the recent gangrape and murder of a Dalit girl by four upper-caste men in Hathras among others.
“I have also not removed the cartoon as it was not meant to hurt religious sentiments but to highlight the hypocrisy of the society towards women,” Rajawat said. The cartoon, she said, “is a commentary on the state of women's safety in India”.
In 2018, Rajawat faced a similar backlash when she took up the case of a minor Bakarwal girl who was raped and murdered in Kathua. She was then accused of being “anti-Hindu.”
Rajawat believes that she is being been targeted for being vocal against policies of the present government. “They wanted to threaten to silence me as I am vocal against the Modi government and its policies.”

 

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