Mumbai: While the nation is outraged over the arrest of two Thane-based girl - Shaheen Dadha and her close friend Renu - for posting comments on Facebook that questioned the shutdown in Mumbai following Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray`s death, the Maharashtra party has come out in support of police action.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut was quoted as saying that the party does not condemn the arrest of the two young women.
"We support the police`s action. The Facebook comments could have led to a law and order situation," Raut was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The girls earlier today regretted their action and pledged never to write on the social networking website.
Reports said the treatment meted to them by the Maharashtra police, the alleged ransacking of Shaheen’s uncle Abdul Dhada’s clinic and the growing anger against them among the Shiv Sainiks have scared the girls and forced them to deactivate their Facebook accounts.
Talking to reporters, Shaheen said, “I apologize for the comment. We`re scared with this incident. We won`t write on Facebook again.”
The girl also ruled out that she was being threatened or there was any political pressure on her family to withdraw her comments and apologise for her action.
Breaking her silence on the issue, Shaheen said, “Treatment we got was very unfair. I regret putting up the post.”
However, she maintained that what she did was not a crime. “It was a casual comment on Facebook,” she said while talking to reporters.
Shaheen’ uncle Abdul Dhada also said, “We have great respect for the late Shiv Sena leader. Our intention was not to offend anyone.”
He also said that he will not pursue any legal action against those who vandalised his clinic. He, however, said that police was free to take appropriate action against those who were behind the alleged ransacking of his clinic.
Shaheen’s friend Renu, who had liked her Facebook post, said, “It was like a bad dream. I felt traumatised for approving Shaheen’s comment on the social networking website.”
The reaction from the girls came hours after the Maharashtra police arrested nine people from Palghar for allegedly vandalising Abdul Dhada’s clinic. However, the police have yet to determine that those arrested by it are the local Shiv Sainiks.
21-year-old Shaheen Dhadha was arrested for Facebook status update which reportedly read- ‘People like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a bandh for that.’
Her friend, Renu, who ‘liked’ her comment, was also arrested.
The duo was reportedly booked under Section 295 (a) of the IPC (for hurting religious sentiments) and Section 64 (a) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
However, within hours of the arrest, both of them were released on bail of Rs 15,000 each.
Importantly, the girl had withdrawn the comment and apologised before the attacks took place.