BJP Govt Orders Inquiry Against J&K IAS Officer Shah Faesal For Condemning Rape Culture, But Turns A Blind Eye To Rajasthan IAS Officer Sanjay Dixit’s Tweets That Spread Communal Hatred
Dixit's tweets violate both AIS rules and attract Section 153A of IPC.
The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government at the centre has ordered an inquiry against IAS officer Shah Faesal for his “sarcastic tweet against rape culture in South Asia”.
Faesal is a bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir and had topped the civil services exam in 2010.
Faesal shared a letter he received from the government of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, on his Twitter handle.
“Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change,” he said in the tweet.
Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia.
The Irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience.
I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change. pic.twitter.com/ssT8HIKhIK
— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) July 10, 2018
The letter states, “The Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India, has forwarded to this department a copy of communication along with its enclosures, in which several references have been made by you in which contents are prima facie in contravention of the extant provisions of All India Services.”
The letter enclosed a screenshot of Faesal’s tweet from April 22, in which he had used the word “Rapistan” to describe rape culture in India.
Patriarchy+Population+Illiteracy+Alcohol+Porn+Technology+Anarchy = Rapistan!
— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) April 22, 2018
According to the government, Faesal has “failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity” in the discharge of his official duty and acted in a manner “unbecoming of a public servant.”
In a series of tweets, journalist Vijata Singh has shared screenshots of multiple tweets of a Rajasthan bureaucrat Sanjay Dixit, and has questioned why the DoPT immediately jumped to take action against Faesal, but not against Dixit. She has said that Dixit’s tweets violate both AIS rules and attract Section 153A of IPC – promoting enmity between religious groups and prejudicing harmony.
— vijaita singh (@vijaita) July 10, 2018
Mr. @Sanjay_Dixit your tweets not only violate AIS rules but also attract the provisions of Section 153A IPC. And stop promoting your book here. @VasundharaBJP @IASassociation pic.twitter.com/wTexdk9E1V
— vijaita singh (@vijaita) July 11, 2018