Guwahati Writer Arrested For FB Post On Chattisgarh 'Martrys'
| Wednesday | 7th April, 2021
The Assam Police has arrested Sikha Sarma, a 48-year-old writer for making objectionable remarks on the 22 martyrs of the Bijapur encounter.
The Assam Police has arrested Sikha Sarma, a 48-year-old writer for making objectionable remarks on the 22 martyrs of the Bijapur encounter. A case has been registered against the woman under various sections including sedition. Assamese writer Shikha Sarma wrote a Facebook post about 22 soldiers martyred in the Naxalite attack in Chhattisgarh.
The woman has raised questions on giving martyr status to the jawans. Based on this post, two lawyers of the High Court have filed an FIR against the woman. Guwahati police have arrested writer, Shikha Sarmaa and they`ll present her in court with evidence. Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta told that Shikha is a writer from Guwahati. Shikha has been arrested under Section 124 sedition and other sections of IPC.
Shikha in her Facebook post said "salaried professionals who die while working in their duties cannot be given martyr status. By this logic, if an employee working in the electricity department dies due to electric shock, then he should also get the status of a martyr. Media should stop playing with people`s feelings". The writer is also being criticized a lot for this post insulting the martyrs. There is a lot of resentment on this post of Shikha.
Shikha Sarma has responded after receiving heavy criticism online. She said, "Is it not mental oppression to misrepresent my post in the wrong sense. Does the false propaganda being perpetrated against me under any law? Why was no such case registered When I was intimidated and threatened with murder "
`Age Old-Debate On The Use Of Word Martyr`
Well it is important to understand that there is no such word as `martyr` in the official records and no one is officially considered a martyr, nor is there any special arrangement for them. This was revealed after the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir.
The government has clearly stated that there is no word named `martyr` in its record. This came when there was a demand to give martyr status to the soldiers who lost their lives in paramilitary forces like CRPF.
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