Right-Wing Mob Protests Outside Kathua Rape Case Lawyer’s Home in Jammu Over Her Tweet

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Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat expressed fears that she could be attacked after several right-wing groups were outside her house to protest against her tweet. — Photo: IndiaTimes

On 19 October, Rajawat had posted a cartoon showing a man touching the feet of the deity during Navratri and the same man holding both the legs of a woman during the rest of the days

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NEW DELHI — Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat said that several members of right-wing organisations gathered around her house in Jammu and shouted threatening slogans against her on Tuesday night and Wednesday after she tweeted criticising the double standards of men towards women linking it to the ongoing Navratri festival.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court lawyer, who shot to fame for representing the victim’s family in the 2018 Kathua rape-and-murder case, expressed fears that she could be attacked after several right-wing groups were outside her house to protest against her tweet.

“Alert: Several right-wing organisations have been staging angry protests outside my residence. Law-enforcing agencies must intervene immediately to avert untoward incidents. In view of slander n threats—both online n offline I’m afraid that the frenzied mob can attack me any time,” tweeted Rajawat tagging Jammu and Kashmir Police, home ministry and human rights groups.

Earlier on Tuesday night, she tweeted a photo and video of the mob who had gathered outside her house. They were shouting slogans “Deepika teri kabr khudegi” (Deepika your grave will be dug)”. Later, the mob was cleared by the police in the night.

“Alert: Mob assembled outside my residence and raised slogans against me…Not feeling safe ..they can cause damage to me,” the lawyer tweeted late at night.

On 19 October, Rajawat had posted a cartoon showing a man touching the feet of the deity during Navratri and the same man holding both the legs of a woman during the rest of the days and captioned it ‘Irony’.

The tweet drew outrage from the right-wing activists claiming that she had targeted the Hindu community. In her response, Rajawat said that her intention was not to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindu brothers and sisters as she was herself Hindu and observing Navratri.

She told the media that she was trying to highlight the hypocritical approaches towards women in society as she had been witnessing sexual crimes against women daily. Being a lawyer, many victims of rape came to her who alleged that they were raped by their relatives, including father, and this shocked her.

In a live video on her Facebook page, Rajawat said that she and her family received threatening calls and messages. On Twitter, people of BJP IT cells are saying unfounded things regarding her. They raked up a trend demanding her arrest. She said she would take action against those who are threatening her and her family.

 

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