Jodhpur court asks Police to File FIR against Twitter CEO over 'Brahmanical Patriarchy' poster

Team SoOLEGAL 3 Dec 2018 12:30pm

Jodhpur court asks Police to File FIR against Twitter CEO over 'Brahmanical Patriarchy' poster

A court in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Saturday asked the police to lodge an FIR against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for hurting the religious sentiments of the Brahmin community by posing for a picture holding an offending message, saying “Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy”.

The court issued this direction to the police while hearing a plea by the vice president of the youth wing of Vipra Foundation, Rajkumar Sharma.

Sharma is his plea has alleged that “Dorsey had posted a picture on his Twitter account posed with a poster with a message 'Smash Brahminical Patriarchy' mentioned on it.”

In his petition, Sharma further stated that the message was not only anti-Brahmin but also had coarse language, which was humiliating for the community.

Case so far:

The head of the micro-blogging site was seen posing with a few women activists and journalists in a picture on Twitter with a poster in his hands carrying the anti-Brahmin message, during his recent trip to India.

After the picture was posted on Twitter, it sparked massive outrage among several netizens, who trolled the micro-blogging site CEO over what they perceived an insult to Hindu Brahmans. Many even demanded an apology from the Twitter team for the picture.

In response to the outrage, Twitter issued a clarification, saying, “Recently we hosted a closed-door discussion with a group of women journalists and change makers from India to better understand their experience using Twitter. One of the participants, a Dalit activist, shared her personal experiences and gifted a poster to Jack.”

According to Sharma’s lawyer Hastimal Saraswat, his client saw the caste-specific tweet on his mobile following which he submitted a written FIR in Basni police station, but the police did not register a case. And, when nothing happened, even after Sharma had approached the police commissioner in the matter, he filed a complaint in the court.

The Metropolitan Magistrate Rachna Bissa then directed the Basni police station to register a case on a complaint by Rajkumar Sharma, the state vice president of the Vipra Foundation’s youth wing.

Tagged: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey   Twitter   Anti Brahmin Message   Jodhpur Court   FIR   Basni Police Station   Basni   Rajkumar Sharma   Youth Wing   Rajasthan  
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