In a faux pas, the Karnataka unit of the BJP shared the personal details of the students from Udupi who had moved the High Court against the ban on wearing hijab in educational institutions.
The party had tweeted, “Five of the students involved in #HijabRow are minors. Don’t CONgress leaders Sonia, Rahul & Priyanka have any guilt for using minor girls to stay relevant in politics? How low will they stoop to win elections? Is this what “Ladki hoo lad sakti hoon” means, priyankagandhi?”
The tweet that invited immense flak also include the personal details of the girls including their residential addresses.
Following the backlash, the party or Twitter allegedly deleted the tweets in English as well as Kannada. The tweet by BJP is also against the law. Publishing private details of minors is prohibited under Section 74 (1) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015.
Among those criticising the tweet was Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, who urged the National Commission of Protection of Child Rights to take up the issue. “This is a criminal act to share names and addresses of minors. This is unacceptable,” she said.
Several other Twitter users also contended that sharing address of minors, as mentioned in a court petition, amounted to doxxing. However, few others maintained that the details were available in the petition filed in the High Court for everybody to access.