Post Hinting Sangh Parivar attack on Dalits in Bhima Koregaon, Facebook Takes Down JNU Student Sabina's Account
"I do not believe it is the Dalit groups protesting that are being violent. They are responding to organised violence meted out toward them. And this level of solidarity to bring Mumbai to a standstill is unprecedented in a way and our Dalit brothers and sisters deserve all the support and solidarity at this moment. Liberal media and savarna elites are creating false equivalences like the historical and continued oppression faced by Dalits is the same as city being on a bandh for protesting such violence."
Facebook India had taken down Sabina Yasmin Rahman's profile for the second time. The JNU student from Assam had previously faced action by facebook for sharing the profiles of hindutva trolls. This time facebook took her profile down for her sarcastic facebook post which is in reference to the Sangh Parivar attack on Dalits, who were celebrating their victory against Peshwas in 1818, at Bhima Koregaon. She had also shared some photos and videos of the Sangh Parivar attack on Dalits in Bhima Koregaon. Facebook continues taking down profiles which express dissent. When it comes to facebook accounts with Muslim names, it becomes difficult for them to express views on the current government.
"This time my facebook has been down since I don't know when because facebook didn't send me a notification. When usually these kinds of things happen we get a notification through linked email account, or on FB, saying a post has been reported, etc. My facebook was down, and it feels like a hack. I was logged out of my FB apps on the phone. I couldn't access facebook. Then I checked on my computer, but I could not log in. When I checked my e-mail, it had a link, but when I clicked the link they asked me to enter 'confirmation code' that they supposedly were sending to my phone. But the thing is I didn't get anything sent to my phone, except once and that didn't work." Sabina says this is possibly a hack, since she was not notified before her account disappeared. But with the help of internet freedom campaigners and activists Sabina could get access, it took around 12 hours after seeking their help. Internet freedom campaigners do help online activists while they face any kind of undemocratic action by facebook.
"My post was not exactly on Bhima Koregaon violence. Because I was not there, I am in Bombay right now, and yesterday when I was on my way back home, there were already some instances of rioting in some places along the eastern highway. Today there are silent protests, metros are shut, shops etc. are closed, autos are not going anywhere. Protests are on everywhere, and as you may know there is a proper bandh, a lock down in the city.going to be a good year, it was a sarcastic post. Just one line. That is the only reference I made to the political situation in Bombay, I haven't said anything. But mostly I think, I was watching news and everywhere there were reference to JNU students, knowing that we all are from JNU and like a bunch of us, they probably see me as part of some political party, I am actually not affiliated to any political party on campus. They know me, all of us are friends but I am not officially associated with any organization, that might be the only reason. Yeah, my posts are political, last time also they did it for sharing Hindu right wing trolls. Checking me on facebook, and when I asked they reported my post and my facebook was down, few internet freedom activists helped me getting the profile back."
"This would of course happen more to women and people with oppressed identities. I face a lot of online harassment as a Muslim woman from Assam. For my tweet I see people asking for instance why a Muslim is commenting on Dalits which is a "Hindu" issue. I just want to let such people know that caste oppression and casteism may be a Hindu issue. Dalit assertion and emancipatory politics is not. It's the rejection of the very oppressive practices that Hinduism sanctions."
Sabina said like various other JNU students, she also feels that her online activities are under the scanner. Not very long ago former Vice President Shehla Rashid was served a notice by the JNU Admin for her tweets.
Sabina on Bhima Koregaon Dalit Protests
"I do not believe it is the Dalit groups protesting that are being violent. They are responding to organised violence meted out toward them. And this level of solidarity to bring Mumbai to a standstill is unprecedented in a way and our Dalit brothers and sisters deserve all the support and solidarity at this moment. Liberal media and savarna elites are creating false equivalences like the historical and continued oppression faced by Dalits is the same as city being on a bandh for protesting such violence. The country needs to remember what happens when Dalit-Bahujan masses refuse to slave for the Brahmins and Baniyas -- there's a Mahabandh."
Sabina rejects the way mainstream national media report the agitation after Sangh Parivar violence on Dalits in Bhima Koregaon. The mainstream national media reported it as a clash between Dalits and Marathas.
Sabina got her facebook account back yesterday evening.