Twitter blocks Rahul Gandhi’s account after NCPCR complaint

Cong leader’s post on Delhi rape victim violated POCSO Act

August 07, 2021 10:17 pm | Updated August 08, 2021 01:54 am IST - New Delhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. File

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. File

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's Twitter account has been temporarily suspended and due process is being followed to restore it, the party said on Saturday.

The announcement comes a day after Twitter removed a controversial post of Mr. Gandhi with a picture of him meeting the family of a nine-year-old Dalit girl who died in the national capital allegedly after sexual assault. A message from Twitter read that the tweet had violated its rules.

“Shri @RahulGandhi's Twitter account has been temporarily suspended & due process is being followed for its restoration,” the Congress tweeted from its official Twitter handle.

“Until then, he will stay connected with you all through his other SM platforms & continue to raise his voice for our people & fight for their cause. Jai Hind!” the party said.

Posting a picture of his meeting with the girl’s family on Wednesday, Gandhi had tweeted in Hindi: “Parents’ tears are saying only one thing — their daughter, the daughter of this country, deserves justice. And I am with them on this path to justice.”

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had asked the Delhi Police and Twitter on Wednesday to take action over Mr. Gandhi posting the photo of the girl’s family on the microblogging website, saying it violates the Juvenile Justice Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Mr. Gandhi met the girl's family members on Wednesday and asserted that he is with them on the path to justice and “will not back down even an inch”.

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