Bollywood actor and BJP MP, Paresh Rawal, on Sunday demanded that the noted author and activist, Arundhati Roy, be tied to the army jeep just the way Kashmiri youth was tied as human shield by the Indian army.
Taking to Twitter, Rawal said, “Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!.”
As expected, Rawal received instant criticism for his irresponsible tweet promoting violence and condoning violation of the international laws on human rights.
Many reminded Rawal about the irony that his tweet had come just when India had sought the help of international laws to protect the human rights of one of its nationals. Kulbhushan Jadhav, who’s facing death sentence in Pakistan.
Am deeply moved by your empathy that brings every character to life in movies. But I'm shocked by your ability to be so violent with words!
— Priyanka Borpujari (@Pri_Borpujari) May 21, 2017
Why not the person who stitched PDP/BJP alliance ?
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) May 22, 2017
OMG tumko bhi God of small things samajh na aane ka gussa hai? hota hai. Padha likha hota to human hota na, sanghi thode hota
— Citizen Vishakha (@vishakhabilla) May 21, 2017
The Indian army had faced widespread condemnation after the video of a Kashmiri youth being tied to a jeep went viral in mid April.
Lt General (Retd) HS Panag, former GoC-in-C, Northern Command and 1971 war veteran, had warned that this image would forever haunt the Indian army.
His tweet had said, “‘Image of a ‘stone-pelter’ tied in front of a jeep as a ‘human shield’ will forever haunt the Indian army and the nation.”
Police had registered a case against unnamed army personnel in the incident of using a civilian as a human shield against stone-pelters during the polling in Beerwah area of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav had complimented the army officer responsible for tying the man to a jeep’s bonnet saying “everything is fair in love and war” and the “harsh” decision saved lives of civilians and soldiers.
Contrary to media reports that branded him as a stone pelter, 26-year-old Farooq Ahmed Dar had said that he was on his way to attend a funeral in the family when he was picked up and tied to the army jeep.
He had told Indian Express, “I am not a stone-pelter. Never in my life have I thrown stones. I work as an embroiderer of shawls, and I know some carpentry. This is what I do.”
Dar said that he was paraded 25 kms by army before being released adding that he found himself helpless because of his poverty-stricken life.