Shabnam Hashmi gets threats, abusive comments for speaking against Modi

By TCN Staff Reporter,

New Delhi: Eminent civil rights activist and managing trustee of ANHAD, Shabnam Hashmi has received threats and filthy comments on facebook for speaking strongly against Narendra Modi regime on NDTV Prime Time program on 24th May. Hashmi on Monday approached police seeking action against the miscreants and blocking of their facebook accounts.

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With a complaint against highly abusive and filthy attack in cyber space, she approached the cyber crime cell of Delhi Police but they asked her to give the complaint to the local police station. She has filed a formal complaint with the Tilak Marg Police Station. If no action is taken by the police she will move the court, she said.

“On May 24, 2012 NDTV India has invited me as a panelist on a debate at Prime Time at 9pm. The debate can be seen at : On May 26 a few of my friends from Gujarat pointed out to me that there was a campaign against me on Face Book. When I accessed the net I was shocked to see the filthy and sexist language that was used,” she said in the complaint.

“The virulent attack amounts to criminal intimidation, threat to my life, humiliation as a person and more so as a woman, threat to my freedom of speech and thought and my right to liberty. The filthy and vulgar language used against me as a woman amounts to my public insult and humiliation and outraging the modesty of a woman. Since I work across India and Gujarat is my geographical area of work the attack is highly intimidating as all the people attacking me are staunch supporters of Modi as is evident from their posts on the facebook. Many of the posts are highly communal and many others directly giving a call to kill me,” Hashmi complained.

The post was started by Brijesh Patel (9825216616 Mobile,

“I request you to kindly file an FIR immediately under the cyber crimes, take cognizance of the crime, register cases against them and take action against the accused persons. On the basis of the posts on facebooks the facebook should be directed to close down the accounts of these abusers and block their access completely,” she demanded.

Hashmi has been working as a social activist for over 30 years and is on several committees (member, Central Advisory Board of Education, MHRD, member, Assessment and Monitoring Authority, Planning Commission of India, member, Maulana Azad Foundation, Ministry of Minority Affairs).