‘Can’t lock out our voice’: Rahul Gandhi takes to Instagram after Twitter locks account

Nearly every week after his Twitter account was locked, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi posted a press release on the problem on Instagram. His assertion on Thursday learn, “They can lock us out of a platform but they can’t lock out our voice for the sake of the people.”

Rahul Gandhi’s publish additional stated, “If showing compassion and empathy is a crime, then I am guilty. If fighting for a rape and murder victim is a crime, then I am guilty. The message of compassion, love and justice is universal. 1.3 billion Indians will not be silenced.”

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi ended his assertion with “Daro mat, Satyamev Jayate” which interprets to “Do not fear, the truth alone triumphs”.

BUT WHY WAS RAHUL GANDHI’S TWITTER ACCOUNT LOCKED?

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s account was locked by Twitter after he shared an image of the mother and father of the nine-year-old Dalit girl who was allegedly raped and killed at a crematorium in Delhi Cantonment on August 1. The tweet involved was additionally taken down.

On August 4, Rahul Gandhi had met the mother and father of the sufferer to provide his help. He later tweeted {a photograph} with them during which their faces had been clearly seen. He captioned the {photograph}, “Parents’ tears are saying only one thing — their daughter, the daughter of this country, deserves justice. And I am with them on this path to justice.”

After this, activist Makarand Suresh Mhadlekar approached the Delhi High Court seeking the registration of an FIR against Rahul Gandhi under Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and Section 23(2)the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2012. Both the provisions mandate that the identity of the child victim of a crime shall not be disclosed.

Twitter informed the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that the tweet had been taken down and Rahul Gandhi’s account temporarily locked.

CONGRESS CLAIMS 5,000 ACCOUNTS BLOCKED

On Thursday, the Congress claimed that the party’s official Twitter account and more than 5,000 accounts of its state leaders and workers had been blocked by the microblogging site.

The Twitter accounts of AICC general secretaries Randeep Surjewala, KC Venugopal, Ajay Maken, party’s whip in Lok Sabha Manickam Tagore, Assam in-charge and former Union minister Jitendra Singh and Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev have been locked, the party said.

Congress said a senior party MP was in talks with Twitter to resolve the issue. The party has written to Twitter and sought early resolution of the dispute over suspension of its accounts.

The Congress took to Facebook and Instagram to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the incident and asked, “Modi ji, simply how afraid are you?”

On the issue, Twitter said, “The Twitter guidelines are enforced judiciously and impartially for everybody on our service. We have taken proactive motion on several hundred tweets that posted an image that violated our rules, and should proceed to achieve this consistent with our vary of enforcement choices.”

CONGRESS LEADERS CHANGE DP TO PHOTO OF RAHUL GANDHI

In support of Rahul Gandhi, several Congress leaders have changed their Twitter profile photos to a picture of him after his account was locked.

His sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra led the campaign and several other Congress members followed suit soon after.

“Is Twitter following its own policy for the suspension of Congress leaders’ accounts or the Modi government’s? Why hadn’t it locked the account of SC commission that had tweeted similar photos before any of our leaders did?” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted.

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