Shaheen Dhada, Renu Srinivasan, Indian Women arrested for hitting ‘like’ on Facebook – Police in Mumbai, India arrested Shaheen Dhada, a 21-year-old college student after her and her friend Renu Srinivasan clicked like on a Facebook status update. The case is the latest in a string of recent crackdowns on Internet speech in India.
The Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju on Monday demanded “immediate” action against police personnel for arresting women in Mumbai.
Police said they had arrested Dhada, for hitting like on a Facebook post criticizing the shutdown of Mumbai after the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray.
Both girls got bail and left for an undisclosed location. The police said that the two, both 21, were summoned for questioning at 10pm on Sunday, but were unable to explain why the girls were called to the police station after sunset.
This is the latest in a string of crackdowns on Internet speech in the world’s largest democracy.
The Minister of State (Communications and IT) Milind Deora tweeted: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize ~ Voltaire”.
To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize ~ Voltaire
— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) November 19, 2012
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Shaheen Dhada, Renu Srinivasan, Indian Women arrested for hitting ‘like’ on Facebook.