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Disha murder case: ‘Instant justice’ to ‘Instant gratification’ – social media abuzz over ‘encounter’ of accused

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on December 06, 2019 Published on December 06, 2019
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The police action attracted sharp criticism too

As news of the ‘encounter’ killing of all the four accused in the Disha kidnap-rape-murder case trickled in, social media erupted into animated debates on the development.

The reactions ranged from jubilation to criticism of the encounter.

The 'encounter' killing has created the social media buzz even outside Telangana.

The fact that at least 12 out of the top trending hashtags in the microblogging site - Twitter - are about the killings indicates how it rocked various social media platforms. Hashtags such as #HyderabadPolice, #HyderabadMurder, #HyderabadHorror, #RIPDisha, #Sajjanar are among the top-10 trending hashtags in the country.

While the majority of the posts, messages and comments praised the police and the K Chandrasekhar Rao government, some blamed the police and government for choosing to deliver ‘instant’ justice.

“Instant Gratification,” said BP Padala, an educationist, on his Facebook wall, while another termed it ‘Instant Justice’.

“JUSTICE SERVED! Now, Rest In Peace Disha,” tweeted Junior NTR. He played a bad-cop-turned-good-cop role in the film Temper, which was about delivering a similar form of justice to rape accused.

The police action attracted sharp criticism too.

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has said extra-judicial killings cannot be the answer to serious concerns over the safety of women.

Jayaprakash Narayan, Founder of Lok Satta Party and former bureaucrat, felt that extra-judicial killings would make innocent people victims over time.

All the four accused – Arif, Navin, Siva and Chennakeshavulu – were killed early this morning near the site where the rape and murder of Disha (a name given by the police) took place. They were allegedly killed as they tried to pelt stones at the police and escape taking advantage of the darkness.

Read: Disha murder case: All four accused killed in ‘encounter’

He argued that there are no shortcuts to strengthening rule of law - investigation, forensics, police capacity, prosecution, judicial procedure and trials.

“Weak, ineffective, arbitrary/selective rule of law will endanger the whole society. The first task of state is speedy and efficient justice,” he contended.

Srinivas Kodali, a privacy activist, felt that it does more harm than help. “The encounter only pushes the toxic masculinity women want to get rid off from the society,” he said in his tweet.

Published on December 06, 2019
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