This woman’s rant against Narendra Modi’s response to Orlando shooting goes viral

The message didn't go down well with her because she thinks the government does not take a stand on section 377 in the country.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: June 17, 2016 2:15:57 pm
Rachita, a human rights activist, calls out on Narendra Modi on Twitter/ File photo Rachita, a human rights activist, calls out on Narendra Modi on Twitter/ File photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences for the victims of Orlando shooting during which 49 people were shot dead in a gay club. “Shocked at the shootout in Orlando, USA. My thoughts & prayers are with the bereaved families and the injured,” he wrote on June 12.

But his message didn’t go down well with Rachita, a human rights activist and illustrator who creates humourous comic strips on hypocrisy of Indian society. She tweeted a series of messages on Modi’s tweet saying that “you don’t have a right to show solidarity with the community in Orlando” because of the government’s ambiguous stand on Section 377 which criminalises homosexuality.

“…you’re quick to show solidarity with the victims of Orlando without acknowledging that your govt is responsible for continuing hate speech against LGBTQ people,” she wrote.

Later she posted a screenshot of her tweets which has been shared hundreds of times on the microblogging site.

The Modi government does not have a clear stand on the issue. Reportedly, BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri has said in the past, “Going against the nature is dangerous for human beings. This (homosexuality) is a criminal act. It must be stopped. For this purpose, we need Section 377” but added that these are his personal views. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also called homosexuality “unnatural”. However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley can be quoted as saying “When millions of people world over are having alternative sexual preferences, it is too late in the day to propound a view that they should be jailed. The Delhi High Court’s view appears more acceptable.”

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