#DontSpareRapistBaba: What Twitter said about the prospect of Ram Rahim's parole
Some reminded the government about Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, while the sect leader's supporters tried to promote his work
- Published 25.06.19, 5:50 PM
- Updated 25.06.19, 5:50 PM
- a min read
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan, the self-styled godman behind bars since 2017 after being convicted in two rapes cases and for murdering a journalist, has sought parole for 42 days for farming on his land in Sirsa.
The Sunaria jail superintendent in Rohtak had written to the district administration mentioned that the Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief's conduct in prison was good and he had not violated any rule. Sirsa police is yet to give its recommendation on the question of parole.
After news of the jail superintendent's recommendation started circulating, some said the move was politically motivated.
A few BJP leaders defended the possibility of parole, citing either the “rule of law” or the “good behavior” shown by Ram Rahim during his time in jail.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim is known to have been a political force multiplier for different political parties at different times in Punjab and Haryana, where he commands a considerable following among backward classes.
Haryana goes to elections at the end of this year.
As the day wore on, #DontSpareRapistBaba started trending on Twitter, encapsulating the public sentiment.
#DontSpareRapistBaba A rapist is a rapist. But Baba Ram Rahim is A SERIAL RAPIST. A HARDCORE CRIMINAL. A POWERFUL PERSON.— Mohammed Jaleel Kashif (@jaleelmdkashif) June 24, 2019
Parole should not be granted to him.
It will send a wrong signal to the Society.
It will also create a bad precedent. pic.twitter.com/WjFBOiIg1j
- He is in jail for rape, castration and murder.— Bharat Ek Mauj (@BharatEkMauj) June 24, 2019
- He might get released soon because he wants to do "agriculture".
- His million of followers cast their vote on his command.
- Also Haryana's assembly elections will be held in a couple of months.#DontSpareRapistBaba pic.twitter.com/RGbg3x4VCQ
People slammed the Haryana government for backing a rapist. Some reminded it of the BJP's Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, which aimed to make the state safe for women and also bring about positive social changes in the light of rampant selective abortions and the skewed gender-ratio in the state.
How will rapes stop if the government backs the rapists??#DontSpareRapistBaba— Piya Kaur Bajaj (@piyakaurbajaj22) June 24, 2019
#DontSpareRapistBaba on one hand u want to do beti bacaho n beti parao and on the other hand u free Rapists.. baffling !!— Amit Chatterjee (@am_x_it) June 24, 2019
#DontSpareRapistBaba No parole for crooks and rapists please . He must rot in jail for his crime.— Totlani Krishan (@kktotlani) June 24, 2019
BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj met rape accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar in jail, to thank him for election victory.— Retired Vasooli Bhai (@Vishj05) June 25, 2019
BJP Govt in Haryana has recommended parole for rapist Ram Rahim, ahead of assembly elections.
Modi ji, When is next Mann ki Baat on Beti Bachao?
Some of Ram Rahim's hardcore supporters came out in his support. These fans were far from lacking in zeal in advertising some of Ram Rahim’s “good work” done for the poor, and posted tweets in a bid to remind people of his "achievements".
#NoMoreSufferings— Gudu Insa (@InsaGudu) June 25, 2019
Saint Ram Rahim Ji organised medical camps time to time in which pateints checked by superspecialist doctors at free of cost and medicines also provides to them @Gurmeetramrahim @derasachasauda pic.twitter.com/sJMuyZDiUA
Why is there hush hush, when it comes to exceptionally great works done by #BabaRamRahim at Sunaria?— Tanushree Katyaal (@TKatyaal) June 24, 2019
Court can give parole to those who have great political influence, even if they are part of multiple murders and crimes, but not to Baba Ram Rahim who is fully cooperating. Why??
Ram Rahim was jailed after he was convicted of raping two of his devotees and murdering a journalist, Ram Chander Chhatarpati.
Chhatarpati had published a letter in 2002 written by one of the devotees raped by Ram Rahim.
Ram Rahim was sentenced for 20 years on two rape charges in October 2017. In January 2019, he was convicted of murder.