For the family members of Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Srinivasan, the Palghar women who were arrested for their comments on Facebook, the suspension of the two senior police does not do much to assuage the damage caused by the incident.
The two families are more concerned about the women’s careers, as the charges against them are yet to be dropped.
“My daughter has passed her BSc in Botany and wants to pursue a course in audio-
engineering in Chennai. The two-year course begins in January next year, but since the case is on-going, we fear for her career,” said RA Srinivasan, Rinu’s father. Rinu was arrested for ‘liking’ Shaheen’s Facebook post on the shutdown in Mumbai after Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray’s death.
“We are more concerned about the charges being dropped. It will be difficult for my daughter to pursue her further studies when she has a case against her at the age of 20. We are waiting for positive announcements from the government on this and are consulting lawyers for future legal recourse,” he added.
Echoing his views, Sudhir Gupta, their lawyer, said: “The charges should be dropped soon. It is a question of the women’s future.”
Shaheen’s uncle, Dr Abdul Gaffar Dhada, whose hospital was vandalised after the Facebook post was put up, also raised concerns about the damages to his hospital. “There is no talk about compensating the damages caused by the vandalism. I have incurred losses to the tune of Rs14 to Rs15 lakh. It has also affected my business as there is a fear in the minds of the people of Palghar after the incident.”
Commenting on the charges, he said: “We have only received verbal assurances that the charges will be dropped. However, the paper work will take time. We want the authorities to expedite the process,” he said.