2010-batch IAS exam topper, Shah Faesal has found himself in the middle of a controversy, in a row about his recent tweet on ‘rapistan.’ The Jammu and Kashmir government has initiated disciplinary action as the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training noted his tweet about rape, as his failure to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in the discharge of duties.
Faesal who is pursuing his mid-career masters in the United States of Aerica tweeted: “Population + patriarchy + illiteracy + alcohol + porn + technology + anarchy = rapistan” deemed controversial.
However, National Conference Leader, Omar Abdullah Showed his support to Faisal in a tweet stating “Looks like the DOPT is determined to chase @shahfaesal out of the civil services. The last line of this page is shocking and unacceptable where they question Faesal’s “integrity & honesty.” How is a sarcastic tweet dishonest? How does it make him corrupt? He asked in a tweet.
“You have allegedly failed to maintain absolute honesty and integrity in the discharge of official duty and thus acted in a manner unbecoming of a public servant,” the General Administration Department stated in a notice to Faesal.
According to a PTI report, GAD initiated the disciplinary proceedings at the request of the Centre’s Department of Personnel and Training.
“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,” Faesal attached a copy of the notice with it. The question, however, is if the tweet meant more than just sarcasm.