By forcing a shutdown in Palghar, Maharashtra today to support the suspended policemen, Shiv Sena has made it crystal clear that the act of vandalism on clinic of uncle of one of the girls' arrested over her Facebook post, was in fact carried out by its activists.
THE ARREST of two girls in Mumbai for their Facebook post has raised a lot of questions regarding the IT Act and Section 66 A of the constitution. However, no apologies have been offered by the Shiv Sena so far for vandalizing the hospital of one of the girl's uncle. On top of that a bandh was observed in support of the actions taken by the police and against their suspension in Palghar, Maharashtra.
Around 500 security personnel were deployed in the district as schools, shops and colleges remained closed for the day. Posters asking people to honour the bandh also cropped up in the streets. The Shiv Sena till date maintained that whatever vandalism took place at the hospital after the arrest of the girls wase not done by their members.
If that is the case then why the show of support to the policemen who were suspended for arresting two innocent girls who were just merely expressing their views. The Information Technology Act since has faced a lot of criticism and authorities are trying to specify the criminal offenses in the Act.
However, no one can deny the fear of Shiv Sena on the people of Maharasthra. The violent politics that was the legacy of late founder Bal Thackeray has been successfully passed on to the next generation of Sainiks. As for bandh and other protests, they will have their way by hook or by crook.