With the netizens flaying the government for assault on their freedom of speech on social media, a probe has been ordered into girls' arrest. After the arrest of the girls, the social media starting buzzing with tweets and posts against the arrest and for curbing freedom of speech on the Internet.
Alyque Padamsee, shocked at the arrest and the vandalism at the clinic of one of the girl's uncle, wrote on Twitter, "I want to know how these girls have broken the law when all they said is that why should Mumbai come to a standstill. There is nothing derogatory against Thackeray. I do not see anything illegal in that."
Many felt that the government should amend the IT Act to uphold people's constitutional right of free speech on the Internet in modern times. One really wonders, how a chat on an event between two friends in the modern social media can be treated as an act of inciting people to disrupt social harmony and breach of law and order.
The arrests of the girls was condemned by the Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju demanding action against police personnel involved in girls’ arrest.
How come that vandalization by the followers of political leaders is not treated as breach of law and order while a chat on the social media about an event is treated so, one wonders?