‘Tie Arundhati Roy to army jeep’: Paresh Rawal kicks up a storm on Twitter

Updated on May 26, 2017 07:18 AM IST

BJP MP draws condemnation for suggesting writer Roy be treated as human shield in Kashmir, quotes tweet against journalist Sagarika Ghose as well

BJP member of Parliament and Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal.(AFP File Photo)
BJP member of Parliament and Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal.(AFP File Photo)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Bollywood actor and BJP parliamentarian Paresh Rawal found himself in the middle of a Twitter storm on Monday after he said that writer Arundhati Roy be tied to an army jeep, suggesting she be used in a manner similar to a Kashmiri man in the Valley last month.

“Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie Arundhati Roy!”, the Lok Sabha member from Gujarat tweeted late on Sunday. It wasn’t clear what context he was speaking in.

His comments drew condemnation from many users on Twitter, some seeing it as an attempt to incite violence by an elected public representative.

A still from a video showing a Kashmiri man tied to an army jeep in Kashmir. (Video grab)
A still from a video showing a Kashmiri man tied to an army jeep in Kashmir. (Video grab)

The April incident in which a Kashmiri man was tied to an army jeep, ostensibly as a human shield, sparked outrage in Kashmir. The army launched a court of inquiry against a Major over the incident.

Rawal also endorsed a tweet by another user that suggested journalist Sagarika Ghose be treated similarly.

Roy is an award-winning writer whose views on Kashmiri separatism has been a cause for controversy. She has also been a strong critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who rose from the state where Rawal is now an MP.

“Wonderful sir, too good. You really are a model parliamentarian,” tweeted Sagarika Ghose in a seemingly sarcastic vein, quoting Rawal’s tweet.

Ghose is among Indian personalities routinely targeted by trolls supporting the Bharatiya Janata Party for her political views. Roy is not on Twitter.

Rawal’s comments also drew support from many Twitter users, with some chipping in with more names they would like to see treated in that manner.

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