Twitter stands with Atishi, slams Gautam Gambhir for misogyny
Atishi found support from social media users who lauded the Oxford graduate for her courage
- Published 10.05.19, 12:00 PM
- Updated 10.05.19, 12:41 PM
- a min read
AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi on Thursday broke down while reading a pamphlet containing "obscene and derogatory" remarks against her, that she alleged was distributed in the constituency by her rival, BJP leader, Gautam Gambhir.
The cricketer-turned-politician categorically denied this charge. The BJP accused the AAP of staging the entire incident.
Gautam Gambhir sent a notice to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Atishi demanding that they withdraw the allegation and tender an unconditional apology over the matter.
"You can't tarnish someone's image without proof. I have never given a negative statement against any opposition candidate in my election campaigning," he said in a press statement.
While Manish Sisodia alleged these pamphlets were kept in newspapers and distributed in apartment complexes, Arvind Kejriwal said he "never imagined Gautam Gambhir would stoop so low".
"How can women expect safety if people with such mentality are voted in? Atishi, stay strong. I can imagine how difficult it must be for you. It is precisely this kind of forces we have to fight against," the Delhi chief minister tweeted.
Social media was quick to pick up on the controversy and the hashtag #IStandWithAtishi rapidly gathered mileage with thousands of tweets denouncing the pamphlet.
Several prominent women condemned the pamphlet.
Journalist Barkha Dutt attacked the misogynistic language of the pamphlet.
Only women are subjected to crap about husbands, lovers, imagined moral violation & sexual judgement/ innuendos.I would never take a political side as a journalist but for utter misogyny @AtishiAAP has been through, if nothing else, she should be in Parliament. #IStandWithAtishi— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) May 9, 2019
For political commentator Dhruv Rathee, the pamphlet was hardly a surprise. He pointed out that as the BJP has no agenda to discuss it has to resort to abusing rivals.
When BJP South Delhi candidate is openly calling Kejriwal a “P*mp”— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) May 9, 2019
It is very believable that BJP is distributing pamphlets calling Atishi as a “Pr*stitute”
BJP has no agenda left, that’s why they are going around abusing people #IStandWithAtishihttps://t.co/k6kuvc23k4
Author Saba Naqvi declared that after the smear campaign, Atishi now has her support.
After the smear campaign @AtishiAAP becomes all our candidate .....— Saba Naqvi (@_sabanaqvi) May 9, 2019
Columnist Seema Goswami too came to Atishi's aid and criticised the pamphlet for its sexist language and tone.
Why is this BJP guy so worried about who Atishi’s husband is? And why her husband isn’t part of her campaign? Short answer: because weak men like these can’t ever deal with a woman on her own terms. They can only see her in relation to her male relatives. #shame #IStandWithAtishi https://t.co/yqhM6EygyQ— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) May 9, 2019
Atishi breaking down while discussing the pamphlet compelled many women to pledge their support for her. People took to Twitter to make their feelings about the pamphlet clear. They used the #IStandWithAtishi to show their solidarity to her.
Have to say as a woman I am furious that I saw a woman as accomplished as @AtishiAAP who has done wonders with Delhi’s education cry because of a cheap slanderous pamphlet. We have all faced character assassination & you will emerge victorious.#IStandWithAtishi— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) May 9, 2019
First, you question her religion, her name. Then, you assassinate her character.— Shivangi Choubey (@ChoubeyShivangi) May 9, 2019
But she is much more than her name and body. She is a woman who is determined to change the world. She is her idea, her work, her determination.@AtishiAAP @msisodia @AamAadmiParty #IStandWithAtishi
Politicians too called out the slander that Atishi had to face.
The letter circulated about @AtishiAAP is a new, distressing and disturbing low.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 9, 2019
The BJP needs to realise that it's better to lose with dignity than to lose all dignity.
Enough is enough.— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) May 9, 2019
Unite against this slander campaign against @AtishiAAP
Political diff apart, I know Atishi to be a model of integrity. We are fortunate to have people like her in public life
Guilty must be punished by EC & Delhi voters
https://t.co/2DnhqXLiMw via @indiatoday
it doesn't matter which party you support or if you are even concerned about politics... Does it churn your stomach when you watch a strong woman being shamed and called names because she dared to stand up? Mine does. Because I have a mind and a spine. #IStandWithAtishi , do you?— harish iyer (@hiyer) May 9, 2019
Atishi had earlier raised objections to Gautam Gambhir's candidature and complained to the Election Commission that he had voter ID cards from two assembly constituencies. The complaint had been rejected.