Rahul Gandhi’s account 'temporarily locked': Congress after Twitter denies move

Rahul Gandhi tweeted a photograph of him meeting the family of the nine-year-old girl, who was killed following an alleged sexual assault. A message from Twitter read that the tweet had violated its rules.
Rahul Gandhi’s account was, however, visible and his old tweets could be seen. (AFP File Photo)
Rahul Gandhi’s account was, however, visible and his old tweets could be seen. (AFP File Photo)
Published on Aug 07, 2021 09:21 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account has been "temporarily locked”, Congress said after the social media company denied the opposition party's claim that his handle was "temporarily suspended”. "The account has been temporarily locked," the Congress tweeted and tagged its older post.

A Twitter spokesperson said Rahul Gandhi’s account has not been suspended and continues to be on the service. The company's spokesperson also said that when an account is suspended, Twitter removes it from a global view. This comes after the social media company removed his post that revealed the identity of the relatives of a minor who was raped and murdered. 

"Shri @RahulGandhi's Twitter account has been temporarily suspended & due process is being followed for its restoration," the Congress tweeted from its official Twitter handle. "Until then, he will stay connected with you all through his other SM platforms & continue to raise his voice for our people & fight for their cause. Jai Hind!" the party said in its earlier post.

Earlier this week, Rahul Gandhi tweeted a photograph of him meeting the family of the nine-year-old girl, who was killed following an alleged sexual assault. A message from Twitter read that the tweet had violated its rules.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) asked the Delhi Police and Twitter on Wednesday to take action against Gandhi over the photo. The child rights body said it violated the Juvenile Justice Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act.

Gandhi met the girl's family on Wednesday and assured his support. "Parents' tears are saying only one thing -- their daughter, the daughter of this country, deserves justice. And I am with them on this path to justice,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi and posted the photo of his meeting with the girl's relatives.

The girl from a Dalit family in Purani Nangal village near Delhi Cantonment was found dead in a local crematorium on Sunday night. A 55-year-old priest and three of his associates accused of the crime said the girl died of electrocution while fetching water from a cooler. But her family alleged that the suspects hurriedly cremated the body after raping her.

The four accused have been booked under sections pertaining to rape, murder and threatening charges, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act.

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