After Jammu and Kashmir IAS officer Shah Faesal on July 10 tweeted a letter from the Central Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) which had initiated action against him for posting a tweet where he referred to India as 'Rapistan', Republic TV has issued a set of questions to him over whether he would be willing to be consistent and use the same terminology against the country that is currently his sponsor, the USA.
Here is Shah Faesal's April 22 tweet referring to India as Rapistan:
And here is his tweet on Tuesday slamming the Government of India for initiating action against him for what he referred to as his 'sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia':
Faesal, who in 2010 became the first person from Jammu and Kashmir to top the prestigious civil services exam, is currently on a study leave as a Fulbright scholar in the US, with his Twitter account stating that he's a Mason Fellow at Harvard University. The Fulbright scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, i.e. directly by the United States government.
While Faesal believes it's appropriate to refer to India as 'Rapistan', in the US, as per a 2012 report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the rate of rape was stated as being 15 times higher than that of India. Additionally, a US-based NGO called RAINN confirmed that every 98 seconds a woman was sexually assaulted in the US.
Based on the mentioned facts, Republic TV has posted a few questions to Shah:
As per the 2012 data, the United States saw 27.6 rapes per 100,000 individuals, while the corresponding data for India was recorded at 1.8 rapes per 100,000 individuals.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had taken to Twitter to staunchly back Faesal on the issue, writing:
"Looks like DOPT is determined to chase @shahfaesal out of the civil services. The last line of this page is shocking & unacceptable where they question Faesal’s “integrity & honesty”. How is a sarcastic tweet dishonest? How does it make him corrupt?"
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