india facebook Woman arrested in India over Facebook post

An Indian woman was arrested for posting a comment on Facebook criticising the government, while a friend of hers was also arrested for simply “liking” the post.

An Indian woman was arrested for posting a comment on Facebook criticising the government, while a friend of hers was also arrested for simply “liking” the post.

 
Shaheen Dhada was arrested on Monday for her message on Facebook that found fault with the shutdown of Mumbai following the death of politician Bal Thackeray. Her friend Renu Srinivasan was also arrested for clicking Like.
 
Both individuals were later released on bail and both apologised for hurting people's feelings. Srinivasan said they were making the apologies to keep themselves and their families safe, stating that they “don't want any violence.”
 
india facebook Woman arrested in India over Facebook post
 
This is likely a reference to a mob attack on the clinic of Dhada's uncle following her comment. Nine people connected to the attack have been arrested, with the police still looking for others.
 
The women's arrests follow clamp-downs on anti-government sentiment throughout the country, resulting in staunch criticism by free speech advocates, including Markandey Katju, Chairman of the Press Council of India, who labelled the arrests as a “criminal act.”
 
Until the government in India becomes less sensitive to comments made on social networking websites, people in the country will need to be careful about what they post online.
 
Source: BBC
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