Anurag Kashyap Leaves Twitter After Family Gets Threats; Netizens Come Out In Support
Bhubaneswar: Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has always been very vocal about matters related to politics, national and social issues. He’s never shied away from expressing unfiltered opinions; not even online trolls have been able to stop him.
Recently, he commented on the Indian government’s decision to scrap Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “You know what is scary, that one man thinks that he knows exactly what’s the right thing to do for the benefit of 1,200,000,000 people and has the access to the power to execute it,” Kashyap had written in a tweet.
However, what followed was excessive hate comments and messages. People did not spare even his wife and daughter, who have received death and rape threats.
“When your parents start to get calls and your daughter gets online threats you know that no one wants to talk. There isn’t going to be reason or rationale. Thugs will rule and thuggery will be the new way of life. Congratulations everyone on this new India & hope you all thrive. Wish you all the happiness and success. This would be my last tweet as I leave Twitter. When I won’t be allowed to speak my mind without fear then I would rather not speak at all. Good bye,” Kashyap wrote in two tweets, before subsequently deleting his Twitter account.
After Anurag Kashyap deleted his account, netizens have been flooding social media with messages of how one’s freedom of speech and expression is a facade in the country and how what happened to Kashyap could very well happen to anyone next.
Very sad that Sri Anurag Kashyap deleted his Twitter. It is sad & bad for democracy when we cant voice our opinion with out fear.
— Rahul Easwar (@RahulEaswar) August 10, 2019
Today it’s him
Tomorrow it will be us pic.twitter.com/rpmeAq7qOu
— mytweets (@myyyytweets) August 11, 2019
I completely empathize with #AnuragKashyap
Dragging ones family is the worse thing any individual can ever do.
Say whatever you want to him, he can say whatever regarding an issue but pls, with “freedom of speech” don’t forget your responsibility on how to use it.
— Karanvir Bohra (@KVBohra) August 11, 2019
— Saira Shah Halim سائرہ (@sairashahhalim) August 10, 2019