Social media outrage built on Wednesday after many netizens alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on its website falsely identified one of its leaders Raksha Khadse as a homosexual on their website.
Making this claim, some journalists and opposition leaders also shared a screenshot where, indeed, the said term was visible beneath Khadse's name on website page in Hindi. What was the reason behind this?
Reports claim that the entire matter was caused by a translation glitch. The city of Raver in Maharashtra, from where Khadse represents the Lok Sabha seat, was translated to 'homosexual' on the BJP website, which has the option for users to view the page in both English and Hindi.
Translation Glitch Identifies Raksha Khadse As Homosexual
Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh, responding to a screenshot shared by a journalist of the page allegedly "identifying" Raksha Khadse as homosexual, wrote on Twitter, "Shocking to see such a derogatory description of Raksha Khadse, BJP MP from Maharastra on the official site of the BJP. Maha Govt. will not tolerate this disrespectful behaviour towards women."
He added that if BJP doesn't take action against those supposedly "responsible," the Maharashtra Cyber Cell would step in. Many users pointed out the translation issue below his tweet, writing a faulty system probably labelled Raksha Khadse as homosexual. Deshmukh's tweet is still visible on the microblogging website.
See it below:
Shocking to see such a derogatory description of Raksha Khadse, BJP MP from Maharastra on the official site of the BJP. Maha Govt. will not tolerate this disrespectful behaviour towards women. @BJP4India must take action against those responsible or @MahaCyber1 will step in. https://t.co/wKVilGB79I— ANIL DESHMUKH (@AnilDeshmukhNCP) January 27, 2021
Who Is Raksha Khadse?
Raksha Khadse, the daughter-in-law of senior Maharashtra NCP leader Eknath Khadse, represents the ruling party from the Raver seat in Lok Sabha. Hailing from Madhya Pradesh, she was married to Nikhil Khadse, who passed away in 2013. She has previously been elected to Jalgaon Parishad and was notably the youngest MP in the 16th Lok Sabha at only 26 years old.