Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza on Thursday gave a befitting response to a troll who questioned her nationality after she spoke up to express her anger, disgust and disappointment toward the horrific rape and murder of 8-year-old girl in the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. She was abducted, drugged, gang-raped and then murdered, all in a bid to scare the community she belonged to.
On Thursday, Sania Mirza joined the list of celebrities who took to Twitter to voice their anger and condemn the heinous crime.
Sania Mirza wrote:
“Is this really the kind of country we we want to be known as to the world today ?? If we can’t stand up now for this 8 year old girl regardless of our gender,caste,colour or religion then we don’t stand for anything in this world.. not even humanity.. makes me sick to the stomach (sic)”
Soon after Sania Mirza’s tweet, a Twitter user by the name Kichu Kanan Namo, who describes himself as ‘Lyricist, Writer, BJP SM coordinator. Leo. Nationalist, India’ in his Twitter bio, targeted her for her tweet as she is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik and said she is 'no longer an Indian after marrying into Pakistan'.
Here’s what he tweeted:
“With all respect madam which country are you talking abt.Last time I checked u had married into Pakistan. You no longer are a Indian. And if u must tweet thn also tweet for the innocents killed by Pak terror outfits… (sic)”
Sania Mirza hit back at the user saying, “I play for India, I am Indian and always will be.”
Here’s Sania Mirza's befitting reply:
“First of all nobody marries ‘into’ anywhere .. you marry a person! Secondly NO LOW LIFE like you will tell me which country I belong to.. I play for India,I am Indian and always will be.. nd maybe if u look beyond religion and country one day you may just also stand for humanity! (sic)”
Details of the ghastly Kathua rape case were revealed in the chargesheet that was filed on Monday and triggered waves of outrage across the country. A conspiracy to scare the community to which the minor girl belonged to and force them to move away from a village near Kathua was stated to be the motive behind the shameful act. Nine accused persons, including the alleged main conspirator Sanji Ram and four police personnel, were arrested, even as fringe groups such as the Hindu Ekta Manch, which is said to have links to the accused and was allegedly backed by certain BJP and Congress leaders, protested on their behalf and demanded a CBI probe into the matter. The arrests made by the J&K police came after political pressure, they claimed. Local lawyers had also attempted to block the chargesheet being filed and had an FIR filed against them.
Deepika Singh Rajawat, the counsel representing the victim's family, has claimed that she had been threatened by the local BAR president.
A number of well known Indians have voiced their condemnation of the crime and demanded justice. Prominent personalities such as Gautam Gambhir, Chetan Bhagat, Sonam Kapoor, Richa Chadha, Karan Johar and others have spoken up calling for justice for the victim. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has assured justice, as has union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi.