Defends IAS topper facing action over rape tweet

Jammu: Coming out in defense of 2010 IAS topper, who faces disciplinary action for his tweet criticising rape culture, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said ‘looks like Department of Personnel and Trainings (DoPT) is determined to chase Shah Faesal out of the civil services’.
The state administration department served a notice to Faesal after the DoPT asked the state government to initiate action against Faesal for his tweet about frequent rapes in the country.
Lashing out at the state administration for the notice to the IAS officer, Abdullah, who is the vice-president of National Conference (NC), said the last line of this page is shocking and unacceptable where they question Faesal’s “integrity & honesty”. “How is sarcastic tweet dishonest and makes Faesal corrupt,” he asked.
“Looks like DOPT is determined to chase @shahfaesal out of the civil services. The last line of this page is shocking & unacceptable where they question Faesal’s “integrity & honesty”. How is a sarcastic tweet dishonest? How does it make him corrupt?” Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
“You have no problem when officers from Rajasthan & elsewhere defy “set norms of governance & conduct” yet Faesal’s tweet about rape bothers you. Somehow this doesn’t surprise me at all!” he wrote in response to a tweet criticizing Abdullah for supporting Faesal.
“So because Faesal & I are Muslim we must take our benchmarks from Pakistan. Now your khaki knickers really suit you. BTW I don’t know about Pakistan but in India it would be a fair idea & not a “fare” idea. No spelling lessons in the shakha???” the NC VP added.
Faesal, presently in US pursuing his post graduation degree, went public on Tuesday with the show cause notice and questioned the government’s gag order for bureaucrats. “Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia. The irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change,” he said in a tweet and a Facebook post.
In April this year, Faesal had posted a tweet saying, “Population +patriarchy +illiteracy +alcohol +porn +technology +anarchy = rapistan”.
However, he drawn a sharp reaction from some people who saw the reference to “Rapistan” as a reference to India. But, the IAS officer shot back, saying “What makes you think it’s about India? And u forgot to tag PMO. I think.”