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Insensitive remarks on social media over General Rawat's death misuse of Freedom of Speech? India TV Poll

Insensitive remarks on social media over General Bipin Rawat's death is akin to misusing of Freedom of Speech, Expression? Here's the result of India TV Digital's Twitter poll.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: December 10, 2021 20:47 IST
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Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat and 11 other defence personnel died in an IAF helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor on December 8, 2021.

Highlights

  • India TV conducts Twitter poll on hate remarks over General Rawat's tragic death
  • Majority of people think that a fringe section was misusing social media to spread hate
  • CDS General Rawat, his wife and 11 others died in a helicopter crash on December 8

Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution of India mentions that "all citizens shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression". However, the Constitution also not guarantee an 'absolute individual right' to freedom of expression. The exercise of this right is subject to 'reasonable restrictions, and the Constitution allows the Government to frame law in the interest of integrity and sovereignty of India.  

Social media is a platform of varied opinions and often people use to express their line of thought and beliefs. While the platform is an excellent space for discussions and debates, often people tend to tread on the other side of the thin line in the name of free speech. 

We have often seen the discourse getting vicious following one or two callous comments over sensitive topics or subjects of national interest. The most recent example being the tragic death of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other defence personnel in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu's Coonoor. 

India TV Digital conducted a Twitter Poll asking netizens if 'Insensitive remarks on social media over General Bipin Rawat's death is akin to misuse of Freedom of Speech, Expression?' 

The result of the poll clearly shows that an overwhelming majority of people think that a fringe section was misusing social media to spread hate. The results of the poll clearly showed that an overwhelming majority of people that a fringe section was misusing social media to spread hate. Numbers show that almost 90 per cent people are against such abuse of freedom of speech on social media, while a small 6.7 per cent of them don't find it wrong. 

Poll Result:

When the nation was mourning the irreparable loss, there were a few out on the social media putting out insensitive statements over the incident. A man was arrested in Gujarat for posting derogatory remarks about CDS Rawat's death. Similary, another person was arrested in Rajasthan's Tonk for his lewd statement over the martyrdom of bravehearts. 

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has also come down heavily on people indulging in spreading hate and celebratory messages on social media in connection with death of CDS Rawat and 12 others. He has asked police to book cases immediately and initiate action against those found guilty. 

BJP's Kerala unit has also demanded strong action against those making defaming and derogatory remarks Genera; Bipin Rawat on social media.

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