A retired Air Marshall of the Indian Air Force, Anil Chopra, is facing Twitter roasting after one of his tweets made fun of rape, a crime that has reached an endemic proportion in India.
Chopra on Sunday posted a joke making light of a crime that leaves an ever-lasting impact on the victims of sexual crimes in India.
His tweet (now deleted) said, “SC(Supreme Court): There will be separate Bench for Sexual assault on Women. Santa: “Kinni bewakoofi wali gall hai.. Wouldn’t a Bed be more comfortable?”
Faced with condemnation from Twitter users, Chopra posted an apology, which read, “Apologise for a bad & stupid mistake, in day & age of SM triggerhappy behaviour I put a whatsapp fwd as a tweet which I deleted it. Apology. It was a mistake & as a proud father with two daughters the forward as a Tweet was not appropriate! Apologise again to all who were hurt.”
Some Indians finding sadistic pleasure in crimes against women is not new. That’s perhaps the reason why this horrible crime has reached an alarming proportion with victims often having to wait for years to get justice.
But this former Air Force officer is not an ordinary person. He’s followed by persons no less than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, anti-Islamic Rajasthan IAS officer, Sanjay Dixit, and the co-founder of Republic TV, Rajeev Chandrasekhar among others.
Only on Saturday, the BJP had come under heavy criticism after the son of its Haryana chief was arrested for stalking and attempting to kidnap the daughter of an IAS officer in Chandigarh. The police had allegedly dropped three serious charges under influence from the top BJP leaders to facilitate the BJP leader’s son’s early release.
The Haryana chief minister had shockingly said that it was an individual matter and refused to comment on the issue.
The BJP government at the Centre after Narendra Modi was worn in as prime minister in May 2014, had kicked off a campaign towards women empowerment. Billed as Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao, PM Modi had aimed to ensure the upliftment of girl children in India. However, both Modi and other BJP leaders have come under considerable attack for following individuals on Twitter, known for making vile attack against women social media users, who criticise the central government’s policies.