After Rangoli Chandel, Users Demand Action Against Babita Phogat
Rangoli Chandel was suspended by Twitter due to a violation of its rules. A few hours later, Babita Phogat also made some incendiary remarks leading to Twitter users asking for her suspension
Twitter yesterday suspended Kangana Ranaut's sister, Rangoli Chandel's Twitter account, over a violation of its rules. Rangoli Chandel had posted an incendiary tweet that was also inciting violence (the tweet cannot be reproduced here due to its objectionable content). Twitter had previously taken action against her a few days ago over another controversial tweet related to Muslims.
On Wednesday, Babita Phogat had tweeted in Hindi that coronavirus is the second biggest problem in India, uncivilised Jamaati are India's number one problem. The Tablighi Jamaat in India is under criticism for holding a religious gathering during the coronavirus outbreak.
Babita Phogat defended Rangoli Chandel and had said Twitter was angry with those who spoke the truth.
Twitter users trended #SuspendBabitaPhogat, asking Twitter to take action against her tweets.
Babita's sister, Geeta Phogat, spoke up to defend her sister on Twitter and added her tweets with the hashtag #ISupportBabitaPhogat.
हम ‘निडर’ होकर ‘देश’ के लिए खेलते हैं ओर हम ‘निडर’ होकर ही “देशहित” के लिए बोलते रहेंगे!! #iSupportBabitaPhogat— geeta phogat (@geeta_phogat) April 17, 2020
Other users also supported Geeta and helped add to the hashtag.
She is Patriot— Rahul Sapate (@SapateRahul) April 17, 2020
She is Nationalist
She is Sportsperson
She is True and responsibile Citizen
She makes every Indian proud
We all true Indians are with you @BabitaPhogat #ISupportBabitaPhogat #ISupportBabitaPhogatTruth #ISupport_BabitaPhogat pic.twitter.com/3AsQRGzISj
Geeta and Babita Phogat were the subject of Aamir Khan's semi-autobiographical blockbuster film Dangal that was was directed by Nitesh Tiwari and starred Sanya Malhotra and Zaira Wasim. Babita and Geeta are female wrestlers and Geeta had won the gold medal in Commonwealth Games in 2014. A few years later, she joined politics and contested Haryana assembly election on BJP ticket in 2019. She, however, lost from Dadri.
India has been in lockdown for the past few weeks due to the outbreak of coronavirus and there are currently 13,835 cases of Covid-19 in the country with 452 deaths. PM Narendra Modi had announced a lockdown and the Tablighi Jamaat had come under criticism for hosting a religious rally. A BBC report stated that the organisation says the congregation had been suspended and everyone was asked to leave as soon as the curfew was announced and those who were staying over were the ones stranded.