As India is mourning the rape and murder of an eight-year-old from Kathua in Jammu, there are many who have been justifying the act or engaging in whataboutery. One such person who spewed venom on the young child's death is Vishnu Nandakumar from Kerala whose comment on a Facebook post has gone viral.
Vishnu had written, "Good that she was killed at this age itself. Otherwise she would have grown up and come back as a suicide bomber against India."
Soon after the comment by the assistant manager of the Palarivattom branch of Kotak Mahindra went viral, thousands of people wrote to the bank seeking his termination. People also began downgrading the bank's page on Facebook, giving them one star rating, thereby bringing their overall ratings down on the social media platform.
In fact, a post about debit cards put up by Kotak Mahindra on April 12, which at the time of writing this copy was the last post on their page, has more than 34,000 comments with the majority of them saying 'dismiss him'. Many had even posted pictures of Vishnu wearing the RSS uniform and told the bank that he was a blot on society.
Vishnu is the son of senior RSS leader EN Nandakumar, a close relative of BJP state general secretary, AN Radhakrishnan.
With the anger on the bank building up, people even said that they would close their accounts in the bank if Vishnu was not sacked.
On Friday, Kotak Mahindra said that Vishnu Nandakumar had been sacked. However, the reason for sacking was poor performance, the bank said. The bank also claimed that it had sacked him on April 11, a day before he had made the comment.
"We have terminated Vishnu Nandakumar from the services of the bank on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, for poor perfromance. It is extremely disheartening to see such comments being made in the aftermath of such tragedy by anyone including an ex-employee. We strongly condemn this statement," the bank said.
Almost immediately, congratulatory messages began poring in from hundreds of users on social media but many pointed out that it seemed the bank was reluctant to give away the real reason for the termination.
At the time of writing, Kotak Mahindra's FB page admin is busy posting their official statement as reply to every comment seeking the removal of Vishnu.
Some have called it a social media victory while others have asked the bank to open its review page so that they could give it five-star ratings.