The Rajasthan Police has arrested a Law Student for allegedly sending rape and death threats to the Journalist Rohini Singh.
Kapil Singh, the Law Student had been taken to a custody on Saturday by the Rajasthan Police under the Sections 506, 509 of Indian Penal Code and Section 67 (electornic transmission of obscene material) of IT Act. Kapil Singh is 26-year old and is associated with Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of RSS.
पत्रकार रोहिणी सिंह को मर्डर व रेप की धमकी देने के आरोपी कपिल सिंह को हिरासत में लिया जाकर पूछताछ की जा रही हैं। Fir no. 40/21 धारा 506,509 ipc and 67 IT act थाना गोवर्धन विलास, जिला-उदयपुर @ashokgehlot51 @rohini_sgh @IgpUdaipur @RajPoliceHelp
— Udaipur Police (@UdaipurPolice) January 30, 2021
Rohini Singh, who is a journalist at The Wire, had tweeted on 26 January that she had been issued rape and death threats through replies on a tweet by @KViayan, with the twitter name Kapil Singh Viayan. She urged the Rajasthan Police and Ashok Gehlot to take action.
The Udaipur IG was quoted in Hindustan Times as saying that, “During his interrogation, the accused confessed that he had tweeted a threat to the journalist in anger against her style of reporting on the ongoing farmers’ agitation at the borders of Delhi“.
Rohini in her later tweets has said that disagreements can never be an excuse to threaten someone to rape or death. She has also tweeted that she would like the arrested man to be released after counseling because ‘it isn’t he who has sown these seeds of hate, or has made questioning a crime in democracy’.
फ़िलहाल वो पुलिस की हिरासत में है और मैं @IgpUdaipur को धन्यवाद देती हूँ इस त्वरित कार्यवाही के लिए।
पर कहीं न कहीं मैं जानती हूँ कि नफ़रत का यह बीज उसने नहीं बोया, लोकतंत्र में सवाल पूछना गुनाह उसने नहीं बनाया, इसलिए मेरा पुलिस से आग्रह होगा कि उसे समझा बुझा कर छोड़ दिया जाए।
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) January 30, 2021