For a 21-year old engineering student in Kolkata, a debate with friends on facebook has turned into a nightmare.
She had criticised West Bengal chief minister’s parade for Goddess Durga. Two days later her her post was printed in banner in the Dum Dum area, where she lives, which read, “We condemn the criticism of the Chief Minister,” an NDTV report has said.
The student, who studies in the Calcutta Univesity is living in scare these days, not only because of the poster, but also because she received threats from local women, who have links with the Trinamool Congress, the ruling party in the state.
As per the report, the hoarding has been put p by a group called ‘Dum Dum Ward 8 Citizens Committee’ which says that if the student had the right to criticise the chief minister, others also have the right to criticise her in public.
Last Friday, Mamata Banerjee’s parade of Durga idols was pitched as Kolkata’s answer to Rio Carnival. In her post, the student had argued that it was not the right thing to do as the state is facing poverty and scarcity of jobs.
The areas councillor Avijit Mitra, who is from the Trinamool Congress felt that the woman had crossed the line. He also alleged that the hoarding is a CPI (M) propaganda and added that the girl is a member of its student wing SFI.
In 2012, a professor was arrested from mailing Mamata Banerjee’s cartoons, which had caused widespread condemnation.