Assam Woman Arrested for social media post: A woman from Assam’s Nalbari district was arrested for making a social media post in which she proposed to gift cow meat to Assam Chief Minister Hemant Biswa Sarma.
She was shortly released as the police called it a bailable offence.
A police official was quoted saying, “Yesterday a girl uploaded ‘objectionable post’ in her WhatsApp status. We have registered a case and arrested her. Later she was released on bail because it was a bailable offence.”
This comes after the state government proposed the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 2021 in assembly aiming to regulate the illegal transportation of cattle and sale of beef in Assam.
The Bill mentions provisions to forbid the sale of beef in areas that are inhabited by Sikh, Hindu, Jain and other communities which don’t eat beef. The said cattle act proposes to ban sales of beef within a radius of five kilometres of any temple in the state.
The woman who was arrested in Assam had posted a photo on her WhatsApp which showed a dead cow, in the next post she posted about gifting cow meat to the Chief Minister. A police official reportedly said, ” The girl had allegedly mentioned in her WhatsApp status to ‘gift’ a piece of beef to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. On Wednesday, the Muslim community celebrated Eid Ul Adha all over the world and such kind of ‘objectionable post’ meant for Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will create disharmony among the two communities.”
As per reports, the said woman is the daughter of the former BJP leader of the district. A complaint was filed by the Visva Hindu Parishad (VHP) of the Nalbari district unit. They alleged that the woman allegedly created communal disharmony between the Hindu and Muslim communities.
A VHP member was quoted saying, “Such controversial post is an insult to the Hindu culture. We can’t tolerate such attempts to insult our culture. The Hindus regard the cow as sacred then how could she post such an ‘objectionable post’ in her WhatsApp status.”