Ram Rahim Verdict: how some indulged in whataboutery while people died

Earlier today, Panchkula’s special CBI court held Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of rape in 2002 case filed against him by two ‘sadhvis’.

Following the verdict, Dera followers took to violence in Haryana and as per initial reports 17 protestors were killed in police firing whereas over 200 were injured. Even more were detained in an attempt to contain violence.

Even as the Khattar Government struggles to maintain law and order in the state, the so called liberals had come up with their own suggestions on how to tackle the sensitive situation on hand.

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Nidhi here is an NDTV journalist and Omar Abdullah is the former chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir. They are referring to pellet guns used by police in Kashmir to control stone-pelting separatist crowd in Kashmir.

They are conveniently forgetting to mention that rather than pellet guns, the police in Haryana is using actual guns, where as many as 28 (as per latest count as this report gets published) people have been killed and over 200 are injured.

A bit insensitive whataboutery?

When the death toll mounted, Abdullah realised the thoughtlessness of his tweet and repeated the tweet so as to suggest non-lethal pellet guns to control the crowd.

However, by then Congress leaders had chimed in too.

Where journalists were quick to exude their bigotry.

But that is not the only whataboutery that happened today. Many were asking what if the religious head accused (before being pronounced guilty) was a Muslim cleric?

Bainjal aka Swati Chaturvedi is best known on social media for spreading lies and hurling abuses at people who don’t agree with her.

And of course, comparison of Dera followers to JNU students who had allegedly raised “Bharat tere tukde honge, inshaallah-inshaallah” slogans in February, 2016 while protesting hanging of the terrorist, Afzal Guru.

And then, can cows be far behind?

BUT WAIT, that’s not it. Some so called journalists also took it upon themselves to fear mongering. Why should mobs have all the fun?

After  being called out on spreading rumours and fear, Faye decided to delete this tweet. Whatever happened to responsible journalism?

However, better sense prevailed over Omar Abdullah, who, after realising the gravity of the tweet, withdrew it unconditionally.

Perhaps expecting a little bit of sensitivity and restrain by the journalists in reporting delicate situations is asking for too much.


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