The parents of Henna Bakshi, 23-year-old IAS aspirant and winner of a bravery award when she was 12 years old, are confident that the Chandigarh police will be just in dealing with the case of their daughter. Henna was booked for posting abusive remarks on the UT traffic police homepage on Facebook over the police failure to trace her stolen car.
Henna's father Col P Bakshi told HT that he met Senior Superintendent of Police Naunihal Singh on Monday, who gave him a patient hearing and tried to understand the perspective with which Henna had posted such remarks on their page.
Talking to HT, Col Bakshi said: "I support my daughter and she has not abused anyone in particular. She was upset at the loss of her car and thus the reaction. I have met the police officials and they are right that the sanctity of government departments needs to be respected. I hope the police will act accordingly. I have full confidence in them." The police, meanwhile, said their investigations were underway.
An FIR was registered on Friday after Henna used "unparliamentary" language while expressing her protest on the police Facebook page over the police failure to track her car that was stolen from Sector 18 of Chandigarh on August 18.
Meanwhile, people across the globe have come forward in support of Henna and criticised the police on the same website. From congratulating Henna for her post, Facebook users have also posted sarcastic comments against the police and many have challenged the police to book them for such posts. A few of them posted on September 18 have been reproduced:
Varun Khanna: "Wonder why the TPC not responding to any post relating to their brave act of taking action against the Facebook post... and the national bravery award goes to !!!!! ????". Another of his post read: "So this is what you guys have come down to..frkn morons....now delete this post too!!".
Anand Pattathil: "You guys are a joke or know to make a joke out of things. Booked a girl of using abusive language? And your language is refined, am assuming. Gah. Your inability to find a stolen car is responded by booking the complainant? Wow. Awesome policy. Now book me."
Vinayak Joshi: "The arrogance of government officials and politicians is increasing by the day. Shame on Traffic Police Chandigarh."
Anil Kapur from Gurgaon: "Read about Henna Bakshi in HT. Indian police is so weak that it cannot stand any criticism. You cannot harass a person only for criticising you. What about traffic cops harassing the public everyday?
Tej Singh from London: "Chandigarh Traffic police/CHANDIARH POLICE, it is quiet unfortunate and saddening to see your dictatorial style of functioning. You have booked Hennah Bakshi for making her frustration public due to your incompetencies in managing her case."