Shiv Sainiks vandalising the clinic of Dr Abdul Dhada, uncle of Shaheen who had posted the Facebook status, and the police arresting the girls, Shaheen and Rinu Srinivasan who had ‘liked’ the status, have left both girls traumatised and shocked.
Relatives of both the girls plan to take them on a vacation to overcome everything that has happened.
Dr Dhada said, “I will take Shaheen to a quiet place so that she recovers from the shock and gets back to her normal activities. This has affected both of us deeply. Not to mention, the vandalism has cost me nearly Rs20 lakh.”
“We will visit our native place for a few days,” said Rahul, Rinu’s brother.
Shaheen said, “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. It was my personal view. But I regret making that statement as it resulted in my uncle’s clinic getting damaged. For time being I have deactivated my Facebook account, and from now, I will think twice before posting or commenting on social networking sites.”
Recounting the incident, she said, “At 7am I updated my status. At 7.15pm, I got a call from a guy who asked me whether I stood by the comment. I got confused and didn’t understand what he was asking about because he said ‘comment’ and I had updated my ‘status’. The misunderstanding led to a huge conflict.”
She, however, denied getting any call from the Sainiks demanding withdrawal of the statement as claimed by Sainiks.
“We voluntarily went to the police station. They kept us overnight and didn’t cause us any trouble. We could have been attacked over the status; the police just wanted to keep us safe through the night.”
Rinu said she just wants to forget the whole incident “as a bad dream”.
“I never ever thought I would be booked for simply liking a status on Facebook. I was shocked when the police knocked on our doors, but we cooperated with them,” Rinu added.
“I thank the media and public for supporting us.”