Lawyer Deepika Rajawat Receives Death Threats for Rape Cartoon 

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Jammu: Deepika Singh Rajawat, the lawyer-activist who shot to fame in 2018 after taking the high profile case of Kathua rape and murder victim, is in the firing line this time for allegedly posting a controversial Navratri cartoon on micro-blogging site twitter.

The lawyer had earlier faced immense hate for representing the 8-year-old victim from the Bakarwal nomad community in Jammu. And now, Rajawat is facing heat for sharing her views on rape during the festival of Navratri.

A section of social media users is demanding the arrest of Rajawat, for posting a controversial cartoon on her Twitter handle on Monday night.

‘Irony,’ captioned Deepika Rajawat while posting the cartoon showing a man touching the feet of a woman (presumed to be a goddess) during Navratri and the same man holding both the legs of a woman during the rest of the days.  The cartoon was simply captioned, “Irony”.

The situation became even tenser on Tuesday night when an angry mob reportedly gathered outside Rajawat’s Jammu residence and demanded her arrest.

“Alert: Several right-wing organisations have been staging angry protests outside my residence. Law enforcement agencies must intervene immediately to avert the untoward incident. In view of slander n threats—both online n offline Im afraid that the frenzied mob can attack me any time (sic)” she tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

Later the lawyer said that the mob was openly issuing death threats, even after the police arrived to clear them.

Rajawat first shot to fame in 2018 after she took up the case of the 8-year-old rape-murder victim from Kathua, an incident that caused outrage and calls for justice. The culprits were shielded by powerful politicians from the right wing Hindu parties. Since then, she has gained international recognition and awards including the “Humanitarian 2018 Award” at the 16th Annual Festival of Mothers by Trinjan in Canada. One reason for the laurels she was showered with was the constant stream of abusive messages and threats, of rape and murder, she had faced while arguing the case. Rajawat, however, was dropped by the Kathua rape victim’s family in November last year. The family said they had decided to drop their lawyer Deepika Rajawat as she has barely been available at the court hearings.

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