Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has termed the social media trolling that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been subjected to "absolutely wrong".
When a group of reporters asked Rajnath Singh for his views on the matter, in which Sushma Swaraj hadn't yet received any firm backing from her peers in the government, the Home Minister said:
"I consider this absolutely wrong. (Bilkul Galat)"
He didn't, however, offer a concrete response when asked whether any steps would be taken to curb the trolling.
Sushma Swaraj has waged a largely lone crusade against relentless social media abuse following her return to the country from an official tour, over the matter of a Passport Seva Kendra official in Lucknow being transferred after an interfaith couple alleged that he humiliated them when they went to the office with their passport applications.
The EAM had returned to India from an official visit to Europe on June 24 and had sarcastically expressed her disapproval for a number of tweets against her that contained foul language. She 'liked' the Tweets in order to highlight them for the larger public.
She recently put out a poll asking people what they thought of such abuse-filled tweets, with the trolls seemingly unwilling to back down:
Earlier on Monday, she issued a direct communication to those who had used foul language against her:
She received the support of her husband Swaraj Kaushal who took on a troll with good grace and reason:
"Your words have given us unbearable pain. Just to share with you, my mother died of cancer in 1993. Sushma was an MP and a former Education Minister. She lived in the hospital for a year. She refused to engage a medical attendant and attended on my dying mother personally. Such was her devotion to the family. As per my father's wish, she lit my father's pyre. We adore her. Please do not use such words for her. We are first generation in law and politics. We pray for nothing more than her life. Pls convey my profound regards to your wife."
The person who wrote at him has since deleted his tweet.
A number of Opposition leaders had backed Sushma Swaraj, namely Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal who retweeted her and also former J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee who issued tweets backing her -