Mumbai remained closed for a day on sad death of Balasaheb Thackeray. He did deserve it by all means. In fact the popularity he had at his command was enough to claim a shutdown of the whole country. Exceptions apart, he was loved, respected and revered by all and sundry. He was a legend. But what is unwarranted is the arrest of the two girls, Shaheen and Shrinivasan, for very simple a reason that there was some facebook comment questioning the shut down of Mumbai. Shaheen made a comment and it was liked by a friend of her’s Shrinivasan. Both were found guilty of hatred speech and were taken into police custody. Actually, as per law, there was nothing like any hatred speech in the comment so made by Shaheen and endorsed by Shrinivasan by way of a ‘Like’ on the face book. If democracy has any meaning, the right to speak out one’s mind can’t be throttled like this. Both the girls have apologised saying that they loved and respected Balasaheb Thackeray most. If one respects some body, it doesn’t mean that her/ his right to offer some sort of even a minor criticism on some point or the other dwindles for ever. Markandey Katju, a former justice of Supreme Court of India, rightly remarked in his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister this way:
“….We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship”
Something that was in no manner any issue at all is unnecessarily dragged to a situation much out of proportions. Arrest of the two innocent girls by the local police in Maharashtra just can’t be justified by any means. It is nothing but a sheer injustice and is required to be condemned in a sumptuous measure.