Look who is championing the cause of two girls arrested for a Facebook post in Mumbai!
Thousands of miles away from Mumbai, a senior IPS officer in Jammu and Kashmir has launched a campaign for the solidarity with the two girls and dared the authorities to arrest them.
Uttam Chand, posted as senior superintendent of police (SSP) for Budgam district in central Kashmir, has called on the people to flood Facebook wall with solidarity messages in support of the two girls.
“To show my solidarity with Shaheen Dhada and Rini Srinivasan... I endorse and reproduce what Shaheen had written and Rini had liked”, Chand said. SSP Budgam has also issued an appeal asking people to support the cause by copying and pasting their message on their walls.
“I appeal to everyone supporting their cause, to copy and paste this message which is neither obscene nor provoking hatred, in your walls. Let us flood the facebook with thousands of this message and dare the authorities to arrest all of us”, he said. Chand, an IIT Delhi pass-out, is perhaps the first police officer who has called for a Facebook campaign against the arrest of two girls by his Mumbai counterparts.
The police officer’s appeal has evoked support from many of his Facebook friends. Shah Faesal, who in 2010 became the first Kashmiri to top civil services examinations in the country, commented about the arrest of two girls in Pakistan for “liking a Facebook update on Kasab’s death”.“I guess not much of a difference between us and Pakistanis”, Chand replied to Faesal’s post.
Chand has handled many sensitive and high profile cases in the militancy plagued Kashmir valley. In 2007, he was a part of Special Investigation Team which probed infamous Ganderbal fake encounter case in which seven police men including then senior superintendent of police HR Parihar were arrested for allegedly killing the civilians branding them foreign militants.
Chand has headed important districts and key assignments in his career so far.