New Delhi, June 12: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker was on Monday arrested for sharing a picture of a dilapidated bus stand under her Aranmula constituency in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district on Facebook. In the post, the BJP worker S Sooraj had urged the CPI(M)-backed MLA Veena George to address the issue.
Following the post, George, who represents Aranmula assembly constituency, lodged a police complaint claiming that the Facebook share was “communally provocative and insulted her as a woman.” Sooraj was soon arrested under section IPC section 153 (giving provocation with the intent to cause riot) but was later released on bail.
Since many have since then criticised Veena George for her complaint against Sooraj, the Aranmula MLA, in her defence, said that the complaint was made not because the post pointed out at the condition of the bus stand, but for insulting women. “The Facebook post is meant to create communal hatred and insult me as a woman. I can’t remain silent towards such a post,” she said.
On June 3, Sooraj posted a photograph of a dilapidated bus stop on the BJP’s Facebook page and asked George to attend to the issues in her assembly constituency.
“Dear MLA madam (referring to Veena), it would be helpful if you can address the issue after beauty parlours and Orthodox dinners. Madam you have government vehicle to travel. Otherwise, there would be enough vehicles of the Church or Muthoot (an NBFC). The voters don’t have other means, madam,” he wrote.
Refusing to withdraw the Facebook post, Sooraj said that he had done nothing wrong and hence, will not take down the post.