‘Sheer Abuse of Law’: Booked Over Tweet, Kathua Rape Case Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat to Fight it Out

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lawyer Deepika Rajawat. — File photo

The Jammu lawyer has been booked under Sections 295A and 505 (b) (2) of the IPC for creating enmity and hatred between different classes of people

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — Jammu Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat on Tuesday said that she would gracefully fight the case lodged against her after she posted two cartoons on Twitter criticising the double standards of men towards women attributing it to the Hindu festival of Navratri.

Talking to Clarion India about the case filed against her for ‘hurting religious sentiments,’ the 40-year-old activist-lawyer said, “I will gracefully stand against the case with the legal remedies and sections of law available to us. I will fight this case. Laws are very strong. I have firm faith in the judiciary. I will gracefully handle the case”.

Rajawat has been booked under Sections 295A and 505 (b) (2) of the IPC for creating enmity and hatred between different classes of people.

In her October 19 tweet, Rajawat, who shot to fame in 2018 for representing the 8-year-old Asifa’s family in the Kathua rape-and-murder case, posted a cartoon showing a man touching the feet of a Hindu deity during Navratri and the same man holding both the legs of a woman during the rest of the days and captioned it ‘Irony’.

Following her tweet, Hindutva activists and groups held intimidating protests outside her home last week chanting threatening slogans like ‘Deepika Teri Qabar Khudegi’ (‘Deepika,your grave will be dug’). The unruly mob was later cleared by the Jammu police from around her house. On Twitter, a campaign had been launched demanding her arrest. Then, a case was filed against Rajawat, who is a lawyer at the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Terming the case as “sheer abuse of law”, she said that she would not hesitate to use law to defend herself as there are provisions against such misuse of law.

Rajawat on Tuesday filed an anticipatory bail plea before the Sessions Judge, Jammu. Judge Sanjeev Gupta has kept the matter for hearing on Wednesday.

Talking about the campaign against her, she said, “This aims to divide society. This aims to silence the voice of dissent. Actually, these people have insecurities. The BJP has insecurity. They suppress those who have courage to show the mirror to society because of their insecurities”.

Earlier, she and her family also received threats over phone and on social media. After the controversy, she had clarified that she had not meant to hurt the sentiments of anyone as she was herself a Hindu and she was celebrating Navratri.

“I’m not receiving threats from my own people. But they are being done by BJP’s IT cell. It’s their job. They are ill-motivated. Let them do what they want. I’m not going to be afraid. I’m not scared with their threats at all,” she averred.

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