Lois Sophia, a Tamil Nadu-based writer and student, was arrested on Monday for mouthing anti-Bharatiya Janata Party slogans at the Tuticorin airport. She was granted bail on Tuesday.
An aggressive Sophia shouted slogans, “Fascist BJP government down, down”, in a bid to harass Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief, while collecting her luggage after the flight.
According to the BJP spokesperson, she was also resorting to sloganeering on a flight, but Soundararajn maintained her composure.
#WATCH BJP Tamil Nadu President Tamilisai Soundararajan got into an argument with a co-passenger at Tuticorin airport. The passenger who has now been detained had allegedly raised ‘Fascist BJP Govt down down’ slogan #TamilNadu pic.twitter.com/TzfyQn3IOo
— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2018
When the plane landed, and Sophia continued with her rant, the BJP leader lodged a complaint with the authorities. Sophia was charged with causing public nuisance under section 290 of the IPC and for causing the breach of public peace under section 75(1)(C) of the Tamil Nadu City Police Act, 1888. She was soon thereafter arrested.
Here’s how the Twitter reacted to the incident:
Ohhhh my dictator was better than your elected PM.I wrote it many times and declared Pervez Musharraf a liberal fascist Musharraf banned me on TV but never arrested me now a democratic Govt in India arrested a student who only said Modi is a fascist https://t.co/7Jq9jgPxDB
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) September 4, 2018
Since when did shouting against a government become a ‘crime’? Can someone please send a copy of the constitution to TN cops and the TN BJP chief please? https://t.co/HX5MWCkdS6
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 4, 2018
Girl: U are fascist!😲
Neta: No, I am NOT!😠
Girl: Yes, yes – you ARE!🙄
Neta: BANDH KARO ISKO JAIL ME!😡
Girl: Noooooooooooooo (dragged away)😭
Neta: See point proven! How DARE she call me fascist!🙏
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) September 4, 2018
Dear BJP, the best way to show that you are NOT fascist is by NOT arresting students who shout that you are fascist.
— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) September 4, 2018
Who is #Sophia
A #Tuticorin protestor whose activism helped in shutting down the Sterlite factory rendering lakhs of ppl unemployed
What She did Now ?
She shouted slogans inside a plane, created major rackus & panic,thus jeopardising the security of fellow passengers pic.twitter.com/epKB6ch6dQ
— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) September 4, 2018
Absolutely stand by #Sophia . I think the BJP & some of its hardcore supporters have absolutely lost the plot . This is a fascist goverment , whose some base is made up of loonies as supporters who want to intimidate & enjoy suspension of democracy ! 1n
— Tehseen Poonawalla (@tehseenp) September 4, 2018
If #Sophia ‘s sloganeering “fascist BJP down down “is a crime n threat deserves jail then what about respected PM’s act of following dangerous trolls who issues rape n murder threat and his slogan ” Congress Mukt Bharat”?
— Jothimani (@jothims) September 4, 2018
— Anuraag Saxena (@anuraag_saxena) September 4, 2018
#Sophia is only the latest proof that cultural democracy has not arrived in India, though electoral democracy may be here.
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) September 4, 2018
When judiciary stays the arrest of alleged urban naxals media says wow! Now judiciary sends a psychopath creating ruckus in a flight & endangering lives of passengers media is ‘BJP sent her to jail for criticism’ wow #Sophia https://t.co/Syba7aIAij
— Abhinav Prakash (@Abhina_Prakash) September 4, 2018