After almost an year of COVID-19 pandemic, the last week brought in the much-awaited positive news of the announcement of the COVID vaccination drive in the country. Well, as usual, the week also had its fare share of bizarre and not so pleasing news as well. Let us look at some of these and how women reacted to it on social media.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of three agricultural laws against which the farmers have been protesting at the Delhi border for weeks. The court said it is setting up a committee comprising experts to resolve the protracted dispute between the farmers and the Centre. Journalist Sagarika Ghose commented on this decision by the court.
Merits/demerits of govt policy generally not SC domain. Judiciary decides whether enacted laws are constitutional or not. Pity that SC decided to look for executive solutions like committees rather than clarify legal, constitutional issues of #FarmBills2020. @KisanEktaMarch pic.twitter.com/vvGbzeVeYY
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 13, 2021
About the same time, Chief Justice of India (CJI) S.A. Bobde questioned the participation of women and elders in the protest. He also asked advocate H.S. Phoolka to ‘persuade’ the women and elderly protesters to go back from the protest sites, indicating that an order may be passed by the court later to this end. Author Sanjukta Basu was not happy with this statement and she tweeted...
The idea that women should go back home for their safety died 300 years back. It is the government, court and police's duty and responsibility to make every inch of this nation safe for women. They cannot do that, and want the women to stay in cages. Fuck this shit.
— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) January 13, 2021
Journalist Supriya Sharma also reacted on this development.
98 million Indian women in agriculture: 2011 census
Women should not protest against the farm laws: Supreme Court https://t.co/QEkhNSxdAl
— Supriya Sharma (@sharmasupriya) January 12, 2021
The phone is overloaded with Signal notifications. "So and so is now on Signal" as mass exodus from WhatsApp continues.
— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) January 14, 2021
Meanwhile, noted journalist Faye Dsouza held a panel discussion to clarify all the confusions surrounding the new policies.
Watch the full discussionhttps://t.co/cE3HxoDOU4 pic.twitter.com/DIumih0hUg
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) January 11, 2021
The state of Uttar Pradesh has been in the news for all the wrong reasons owing to its take on the infamous ‘love-jihad.’ Last week, a Muslim boy who was a resident of Bijapur district in Karnataka, was booked under the anti-conversion law in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur district, after being accused to 'luring' a Hindu girl. Here is how the national spokesperson of Indian National Congress (AICC), Shama Mohamed reacted to it.
A Muslim youth who flew down from Bengaluru to UP to see a Hindu girl he had met online was beaten up, taken to a police station & detained overnight. The @myogiadityanath govt is abusing the 'love jihad' law to randomly arrest & harass consenting adults! Where does this stop!
— Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) January 12, 2021
Almost two weeks back, stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui was arrested for allegedly making incendiary jokes on Hindu deities. However, last week, the Indore SP was quoted saying that he did not crack any such jokes. Advocate Karuna Nundy took to Twitter to express her opinion on the same.
Where are the penalties against these bizarre lawbreaking individuals? The BJP MLAs son, the SP, how are they using state machinery to arrest and detain a Muslim with admittedly, no reason? https://t.co/KTi5FNaZQc
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) January 14, 2021
Sagarika Ghose too voiced her opinion on this.
Every day a new jaw dropping moment in the Hindu Rashtra. Comedian #MunawarFaruqui jailed because of jokes he DIDN’T make but INTENDED to. How does police know what a citizen is thinking? Telepathy? Tantric third eye? India in grip of a great derangement. https://t.co/UPhGzyXuCI
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 15, 2021
(Edited by Varnika Gupta)