Skip to main content
Sabrang
Sabrang
Communalism Communal Organisations

Activist Threatened With Rape, Acid Attacks For Condemning Beef Arrests: Assam

10 Apr 2017
Reports say that Bondita Acharya was allegedly threatened by Bajrang Dal activists on social media for condemning the Jorhat arrests.

Bajrang dal
 
A human rights activist from Jorhat, Assam, has been threatened on social media with death, rape and acid attacks – allegedly by members of the Bajrang Dal – for condemning the arrest of three people in the town for possessing beef.
 
On April 4, the Jorhat police arrested three people – including a minor – following a complaint by local BJP leader Mridupawan Bora, accusing them of hurting the religious sentiments because they were in possession of 500 gms of beef meant for consumption.

While the minor was sent to an observation home on April 5, the two adults, Abdul Rahman and Shah Jamal Haque, were charged under Section 295 (a) of the IPC and the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950.

Ironically, the Cattle Preservation Act, however, doesn’t criminalise possession of beef, but only lays down the circumstances under which slaughtering cattle may be permitted. Hence the use of this law to arrest two persons is clearly overreach.
 
The arrest was questioned by several persons on social media, including Bondita Acharya.

 Acharya, the northeast coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Alert (HRDA), told the media , “The conversation on Facebook was about people other than the Muslim community eating beef in the state. I commented that people even from higher castes of Hindus consume beef. Suddenly, some strangers began to abuse me using the most offensive language.”

She said, “They threatened me with death, rape, acid attacks, and also hurled sexually explicit abuse to defame me. What shocked me was also that the language used to abuse me was Assamese.”

“I also feel the anger was directed at me because I am a Brahmin and a woman,” she added.

On April 10, Acharya lodged a complaint with the superintendent of police, CID (Guwahati), which thereafter alerted the Jorhat SP. She said, “The local police have assured me all help to identify and nab the culprits.”

The local Bajrang Dal has reportedly issued a press statement demanding a public apology from her for condemning the arrests. “They have also put it out on social media asking people to identify my house in Jorhat,” she added.

Alongside the police complaint, Acharya has approached the National Human Rights Commission on April 11 morning, urging “for an urgent hearing” on her case.

Meanwhile, Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), of which Acharya is a member, issued a statement on April 11 to “strongly condemn” the manner in which she was “criminally intimidated, abused in sexual language, defamed and trolled on her Facebook account only because she expressed her personal opinion regarding eating beef, a common practice in her state of Assam.”

“She is being threatened with acid attack, rape and gang rape and issued death threats. It is clear that the persons making these threats are associated with Hindutva organisations as the Bajrang Dal even issued a press release demanding a public apology (from her). We demand that the complaint she has lodged with the Superintendent of Police (CID) be immediately registered and strong action be taken against the perpetrators of threats,” the statement said.
 

Activist Threatened With Rape, Acid Attacks For Condemning Beef Arrests: Assam

Reports say that Bondita Acharya was allegedly threatened by Bajrang Dal activists on social media for condemning the Jorhat arrests.

Bajrang dal
 
A human rights activist from Jorhat, Assam, has been threatened on social media with death, rape and acid attacks – allegedly by members of the Bajrang Dal – for condemning the arrest of three people in the town for possessing beef.
 
On April 4, the Jorhat police arrested three people – including a minor – following a complaint by local BJP leader Mridupawan Bora, accusing them of hurting the religious sentiments because they were in possession of 500 gms of beef meant for consumption.

While the minor was sent to an observation home on April 5, the two adults, Abdul Rahman and Shah Jamal Haque, were charged under Section 295 (a) of the IPC and the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950.

Ironically, the Cattle Preservation Act, however, doesn’t criminalise possession of beef, but only lays down the circumstances under which slaughtering cattle may be permitted. Hence the use of this law to arrest two persons is clearly overreach.
 
The arrest was questioned by several persons on social media, including Bondita Acharya.

 Acharya, the northeast coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Alert (HRDA), told the media , “The conversation on Facebook was about people other than the Muslim community eating beef in the state. I commented that people even from higher castes of Hindus consume beef. Suddenly, some strangers began to abuse me using the most offensive language.”

She said, “They threatened me with death, rape, acid attacks, and also hurled sexually explicit abuse to defame me. What shocked me was also that the language used to abuse me was Assamese.”

“I also feel the anger was directed at me because I am a Brahmin and a woman,” she added.

On April 10, Acharya lodged a complaint with the superintendent of police, CID (Guwahati), which thereafter alerted the Jorhat SP. She said, “The local police have assured me all help to identify and nab the culprits.”

The local Bajrang Dal has reportedly issued a press statement demanding a public apology from her for condemning the arrests. “They have also put it out on social media asking people to identify my house in Jorhat,” she added.

Alongside the police complaint, Acharya has approached the National Human Rights Commission on April 11 morning, urging “for an urgent hearing” on her case.

Meanwhile, Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), of which Acharya is a member, issued a statement on April 11 to “strongly condemn” the manner in which she was “criminally intimidated, abused in sexual language, defamed and trolled on her Facebook account only because she expressed her personal opinion regarding eating beef, a common practice in her state of Assam.”

“She is being threatened with acid attack, rape and gang rape and issued death threats. It is clear that the persons making these threats are associated with Hindutva organisations as the Bajrang Dal even issued a press release demanding a public apology (from her). We demand that the complaint she has lodged with the Superintendent of Police (CID) be immediately registered and strong action be taken against the perpetrators of threats,” the statement said.
 

Related Articles

Monday

18

Nov

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Saturday

30

Nov

Jana Natya Manch, New Delhi

Thursday

07

Nov

Thrissur, Kerala

Theme

Ayodhya 1992

Ayodhya 1992

Excerpts from the Report of the Liberhan Ayodhya Commission of Inquiry
babri

How the Babri Masjid was demolished

Citizens Tribunal on Ayodhya
babri

Fact and Faith

Allahabad High Court Judgement in Babri Demolition Case, 2010
kashmir

How Green Is My Valley

The killing of innocent Hindus by Pakistan-trained mercenaries in J and K is one more bid to convert the Kashmiriyat issue into a Hindu-Muslim problem

Campaigns

Monday

18

Nov

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Saturday

30

Nov

Jana Natya Manch, New Delhi

Thursday

07

Nov

12 am onwards

Vibgyor Film Collective

Thrissur, Kerala

Videos

Communalism

What is the Ram Temple REALLY about?

For the many who do not know what the original Ram Temple movement is and the many who may have forgotten the mayhem, eminent activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad presents a ready reckoner on what the Ram Temple movement really is about and why has it been so conveniently resurrected, twenty six years later in 2018.

Communalism

What is the Ram Temple REALLY about?

For the many who do not know what the original Ram Temple movement is and the many who may have forgotten the mayhem, eminent activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad presents a ready reckoner on what the Ram Temple movement really is about and why has it been so conveniently resurrected, twenty six years later in 2018.

Analysis

Ayodhya 1992

Ayodhya 1992

Excerpts from the Report of the Liberhan Ayodhya Commission of Inquiry
babri

How the Babri Masjid was demolished

Citizens Tribunal on Ayodhya
babri

Fact and Faith

Allahabad High Court Judgement in Babri Demolition Case, 2010
kashmir

How Green Is My Valley

The killing of innocent Hindus by Pakistan-trained mercenaries in J and K is one more bid to convert the Kashmiriyat issue into a Hindu-Muslim problem

Archives