Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women has landed in a soup after her old tweets surfaced. She came under attack on social media after she met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and discussed the "rise in love jihad' cases with him.
"Our Chairperson Rekha Sharma met with Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, His Excellency, Governor of Maharashtra and discussed issues related to women safety in the state including defunct One Stop Centres, molestation and rape of women patients at Covid-19 centres and rise in love jihad cases," the NCW said in a statement.Flak for 'Love jihad' comment
Sharma told the governor that there was a rise in cases of "love jihad" in Maharashtra and highlighted the distinction between consensual inter-faith marriages and "love jihad", stating that the latter required attention, the commission said, news agency PTI reported.
The usage of the term "love jihad" triggered outrage on social media.After her meeting with Koshiyari, social media users dug out her old tweets. Sharma has tweeted in bad taste against political leaders and their families.
They shared controversial tweets, put out allegedly by Sharma, some years ago.
NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma has locked her account but don't worry here are the google sheet of her archived tweetshttps://t.co/G81IxRMwyH€” kalim (@akhmxt)
RT if you want Rekha Sharma to step down from NCW chief post.#ResignRekhaSharma€” Nehr_who? (@Nher_who)
"Would the NCW and its chairperson kindly clarify what is meant by 'love jihad'? Are you using it with the same meaning which some extremist groups are doing? If so, are you endorsing their brand of vigilantism?" a Twitter user wrote, replying to the commission's tweet.
Another Twitter user responded to the NCW tweet saying - "This is outrageous, there's growing extremism and intolerance along with state indifference to crimes against women and minorities. Is it really constitutional to use term 'love jihad' to target a religion?"
#SackRekhaSharma became one of the trending hashtags on Twitter with many calling for her removal from the top post.