Thrissur-based writer and professor Deepa Nisanth has complained against death threats she received from BJP functionaries following a Facebook post she put up, demanding justice for the Kathua rape victim.
Below the public Facebook post written on April 12, 2018, Deepa had quoted Deepak Sanakaranarayan, a Bengaluru-based IT professional's controversial post which suggested shooting 31% of people (BJP's vote bank in 2014 LS polls) who supported Hindutva terrorism.
"I had neither endorsed Deepak's statements nor opposed it. I had simply posted it as a comment and attributed it to him. But following this, I was subjected to massive harassment from BJP party functionaries who spread fake messages on WhatsApp groups which say that I was targeting the Hindus in my college," Deepa told TNM.
"BJP leaders including TG Mohandas and D Gopalakrishnan shared my personal phone number and photo on Twitter, asking BJP voters to ring me up and disrupt my peace of mind. I also received calls and abusive and perverted messages and pictures from various phone numbers on WhatsApp. I feel that they have shared my numbers on various sex groups with the sole intention of harassing me," she added.
Deepa finally lodged a formal complaint with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and DGP Loknath Behera after she received a death threat through a Facebook comment by a Biju Nair, a Thiruvananthapuram-based BJP IT cell employee.
In reply to a comment made by Bahrain-based user Ramesh Kumar Nair who said "We want her blood as well. She crossed the linits (sic) or our patients (sic)," Biju commented, "We will keep trying Ramesh." The comment was later removed by Biju Nair.
Image courtesy:Vivek P Nair/Facebook
"These people have misconstrued the post and comment and spread fake messages stating that I was inciting communal violence. However, I have not retracted the post or the comment that has incited so much harassment. I believe I am not in the wrong," she said.