Sad Truth of Mayawati’s Twitter Experience: Casteist, Racist Slurs
Mayawati is attacked for her caste and colour on Twitter.
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati formally announced her entry into Twitter earlier this month. According to her party, the objective behind her joining is speedy interaction with the media and masses, and expressing her views on various issues of national and political importance. Many political leaders welcomed her and made headlines.
We tracked her journey on Twitter so far and made some observations.
Her handle, @SushriMayawati, evoked curiosity among Twitter users, with many asking her to explain the meaning and significance of the prefix, ‘Sushri’, which is a title of respect used before a woman’s name.
Meanwhile, some haters were of the opinion that this reflected her pomp:
Others applauded her self respect.
On Wednesday, 13 February, she changed her Twitter handle from @SushriMayawati to @Mayawati.
Mayawati gets active on Twitter
However, the leader, who has repeatedly been subjected to casteist and sexist slurs from political opponents, was still not spared by trolls, who continued to target her for being a Dalit woman.
Questions on Her Education
Many questioned her English writing and speaking skills, even though she is a school teacher.
Some said she is not capable of tweeting herself.
One of the casteist slurs that Mayawati has had to face on Twitter is some users asking her for reservations as a reward for following her.
Attacked For Her Complexion
There were also a lot of tweets that commented on her complexion and alleged that she used apps to lighten the display picture on Twitter.
But there is a twist to all this. Many of these trolls don’t know that their ‘innocent’ jibes at the Dalit leader can land them in jail.
According to Delhi High Court lawyer Shailendra Pratap Singh, if people make casteist comments against Mayawati on Twitter, a case can be registered against them under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
"People can be imprisoned if their remarks either have a strong language or the party is able to prove in the court that it was done with a 'special intention'," he told News18.
So, beware. Your ‘special intentions’ might just be proved in court.
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