In less than a week, tech consultant Ashish Kaul got his social media accounts suspended, got booked by Jammu and Kashmir Police and got suspended from his job at a US-based multi-national company, courtesy two abusive tweets calling for rape and trafficking of Kashmiri women.
The police on Saturday, 12 May, lodged an FIR against Kaul over his hateful tweets and asked the social media service for more details.
"Police in Kashmir took cognisance of the matter after it found the posts were abusive and attract offences covered under law," a police spokesman told PTI.
He said an FIR has been registered at Kothi Bagh police station, PTI added. Police have also asked Twitter India to provide details of the Twitter user so that he is made to face the law, the spokesman added.
Kaul worked with the India branch of Development Dimensions International (DDI), a management consultancy service. The company announced that is acting against Kaul on its website on Saturday.
A consultant in India had made statements on social media that condoned violence against members of the community in the Kashmir region. We were shocked and saddened by the nature of these posts.DDI statement
The company statement added: “As soon as we learned about the social media posts, we immediately suspended the employee and launched an investigation to determine the full scope of the issue.”
His posts drew strong criticism from several other Twitter users with some asking the company to sack him.
Kaul's account has now been taken off Twitter but screenshots of his posts are still being circulated online. His LinkedIn profile has also been suspended.
Twitter Praises Prompt Action Against Hate Speech
The call of action against Kaul erputed on Twitter as several users asked his company and the social media site to act. As his account promptly got suspended, tweeple hailed the speedy response.
(With inputs from PTI)
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