The social media in Kerala was abuzz with raucous debate after a post purportedly made by a soldier went viral stating that Pinarayi Vijayan as the choice for the new chief minister of Kerala after the assembly election results 2016 was a bad one. The post led to discussions in Facebook after Rajeev U posted that if Pinarayi Vijayan [CPM] becomes the next Chief Minister of Kerala and if the protests turn violent in Kannur, then a Manipur-like situation will be recreated in Kerala. He also adds in the post that if the violence in Kannur goes beyond control there will be a need to deploy military and this may lead to a situation for Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA). He stated that in order to withdraw AFSPA from Kerala, there will be a scenario where many women will have to begin protest like Irom Sharmila.
Rajeev said to be hailing from Kerala’s southern Kollam district is a BJP supporter. There has been a lot of criticism against the post on Facebook and comments have been mostly sharp. Question have been raise on the intentions of the soldier with many people pointing at a hidden agenda behind the post. The post also states that women of the communist family will be brutally raped by soldiers after which Irom Sharmila’s from Kerala will have to stand up against the brutality of the security forces.
2nd November, 2000 was a traumatic day in the history of Imphal, capital city of Manipur. 10 people had been killed in military action. Many young girls and women were allegedly raped during this military operation. From then on, Irom Chanu Sharmila, the civil rights and political activist known as ‘Iron lady of Manipur’ or ‘Mengouti’ has been protesting to repeal AFSPA through her prolonged hunger strike. Sharmila’s primary demand has been the withdrawal of AFSPA .
The draconian law which grants the security forces immunity to officials from prosecution gives them sweeping powers to search, detain or shoot any person in possession of a deadly weapon, use force against a group of five or more people. Rights groups have flayed the use of this law in India’s north eastern states and the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir.