On the heels of the Delhi high court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the controversial ‘anti-rape’ bill, which was brought to Parliament for debate by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), several prominent politicians have taken to the streets to express their outrage.
The Delhi Chief Minister and Chief Minister of the State, both from the ruling Samajwadi Party, have also been targeted by online trolls, while the former’s wife was reportedly targeted by a man who had written a derogatory comment on her.
The BJP, which has been criticised for its aggressive stance against the government’s anti-rape laws, has been accused of creating an atmosphere of communal violence, as the anti-trolls targeted prominent people on social media platforms.
The party has also been accused by a number of social media users of not doing enough to fight the harassment.
While the Supreme Court had rejected the BJP’s argument that the law was constitutional, a lower court in Delhi has now said it will hear a case challenging it.
In a judgment issued on Saturday, the court said the Delhi anti-crime law was unconstitutional.
The judgement is yet to be made public, but it could be taken as a sign that the government is not going to be satisfied with merely curbing the “violence” that the trolls have been targeting.
The court’s order, which came in response to a plea by the NGO Navbharat Sangathan, also said that the state government has no legal power to make changes to the anti-rape law that could lead to an increase in rape cases.
It was further criticised for not intervening in the controversy over the bill in Delhi.
The Chief Minister’s wife and the other women in the group, who were present during the debate on the bill, are also facing harassment on social platforms.
“I have received threats and messages on my personal phone.
We are going to meet the police tomorrow.
It will be a very serious issue,” one woman who was part of the debate told NDTV.
The chief minister, a BJP MLA, is one of the few leaders in the ruling party who is not afraid to take to the street and attack the trolls.
He has been targeted on Twitter and on Facebook for speaking out against the bill.
In an interview with NDTV on Sunday, he said he has received many death threats from trolls, who have also threatened to “kill” him if he does not resign.
“It’s not my responsibility to take the law into my own hands.
If you say something, you will be punished,” he said.
“What are you going to do?
I am not going anywhere.”
On the eve of the Supreme and Delhi High Court verdicts, the Chief Minister called on the community to stand up against the trolls and “the BJP’s attempt to change the law in a manner that is unconstitutional.”