If you are wondering who is Shaheen Dadha then she is the same girl who has been in the news for posting a Facebook status update against the ‘bandh’ following the death of Sena chief, Bal Thackeray, and getting arrested for it under Section 295 (a) of the IPC (for hurting religious sentiments) and Section 66 (a) of the Information Technology Act, 2000. We are closely following the developments in this case and there is more to it now.
Facebook Page Hacked
According to the latest news from TOI, Shaheen’s Facebook account has been hacked and new fake accounts have been created with her name. Additionally, she has informed the police officials that anti community pages with her name have been created too.
Talking to the IANS, Shaheen made it clear that after going through so much, she had tried to deactivate her account but it was already hacked by somebody from California, US for which she has registered a case. However, she added that she has already been apologetic about the whole incident but has agreed that the treatment meted out was unfair, “I have apologized because I want peace and harmony. But this has been a nightmare. The treatment meted out to us was unfair.”
Maharashtra CM takes action
On the other end, witnessing the mounting pressure from both national and international press, the state government of Maharashtra has finally taken some strong steps. Maharashtra Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan has promised “strict action” against police personnel, if they are found guilty in the probe that has been ordered into the incident. ((Article Source))
The government has appointed Sukhwinder Singh, Special Inspector General of Konkan range, to carry out the investigations. Meanwhile, we have also seen some more support from the political class. Minister of State for Information Technology, Milind Deora tweeted questioning the misuse of the law but also defended it.
Meanwhile, 10 people were also arrested for vandalizing the hospital but were granted bail on depositing a surety of Rs 7500/- each, half the money what the two women had to furnish for being granted bail!
In the day when a Facebook post got two young girls behind bars leading to shame and trauma, the same network has intensified this whole movement and pressurized government officials to approach the incident in a realistic way. But it would be really interesting to see arrests involving people behind the hospital vandalisation. At the same time, the GOI can’t escape from its responsibility stating that the law has no problems and blame the incident on its misuse. We need to have social media laws in place today and not bank on IT laws.