Twitter suspends Abhijit Bhattacharya's account over 'offensive' tweets

Twitter onTuesday suspended popular Bollywood singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya's Twitter account over sexist abuse after he tweeted derogatory remarks about a female student leader.

The singer, who claims to have a balanced approach, feels that the media is divided and the social networking site is full of "some nationalists, some just cold blooded pseudos". On May 22, Abhijeet Bhattacharya spewed venom at some Twitter users, especially women, including Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student- activist Shehla Rashid, which prompted some of the netizens to lodge a complaint with Twitter. "Account Suspended: This account has been suspended.", stated the message from Twitter on his handle.

Some Indian Twitter users also supported Abhijeet in response to his account's suspension and started a hashtag #IStandWithAbhijeet on the microblogging website.

In her complaint, Menon said that she had tweeted to the Mumbai Police Commissioner about Bhattacharya's use of "obscene" language on social media towards a woman journalist.

In fact, Abhijeet first started to tweet on Rawal's opinion and then went on to criticise hehla Rashid. It's like Porn, shown in Theatres.I quit Twitter Today in Defiance of this One Sided Sham. Those offended are the anti-national elements.

According to a PTI report, Bhattacharya said "Author Arundhati Roy and people supporting JNU" were behind the suspension of his account. It received comments by popularly known personalities such as author Arundhati Roy, actor Paresh Rawal, singer Sonu Nigam, and of course - Abhijeet Bhattacharya. "All Arundhati and JNU group behind this after Paresh Rawal and I tweeted against Arundhati for her anti-India stand", he said. If His account is deleted, why not Her?

Nigam has, however, put in a disclaimer saying he might return to Twitter in the future - "never say never", he says - and that if a new platform "with some filter" emerges, he would be totally owning it. And the other Morons who hurl Mother Sister abuses to every Achiever? Even some young Girls and Boys and Kids behave like terrorists. However, it is unclear if the decision taken by Twitter is temporary or permanent.

  • Arturo Norris