Drop charges against Shaheen and Renu for comments about Mumbai Shutdown #FBarrest
  • Petitioned Sanjeev Dayal

This petition was delivered to:

Director General of Police, Maharashtra
Sanjeev Dayal
Commissioner of Police, Thane
K. P. Raghuvanshi
Chief Minister, Maharasthra
Prithviraj Chavan

Drop charges against Shaheen and Renu for comments about Mumbai Shutdown #FBarrest

    1. Mukut Ray
    2. Petition by

      Mukut Ray

      Kolkata, India

November 2012


Following the arrest of Shaheen and Renu for their comments on Facebook, Mukut Ray started this petition. Within days, more than 20,000 people signed the petition and the petition added to the pressure on the officials. The Maharashtra Government announced an enquiry into the incident and suspended some officials related to this event. The police enquiry recommended dropping of charges against Shaheen and Renu. Followings this report, activist Teesta Setalvad met the Chief Minister and urged him to act on the report. The closure report filed by the police has been accepted by the courts and the charges against Shaheen and Renu have been dropped.

21 year old Shaheen Dhada made a comment on Facebook about the shutdown in Mumbai following Bal Thackeray’s funeral. Ironically she was slapped with charges of promoting enmity and hatred and offending religious sentiments.

Her update read- 'With all respect, everyday, thousands of people die, but still the world moves on.....

Shaheen was arrested for her comment. A friend who ‘liked’ her comment was also arrested.

A mob of Shiv Sena workers also attacked and ransacked Shaheen’s uncle’s orthopaedic clinic at Palghar, even though she withdrew her comment and apologised.

Though Shaheen and Renu have been granted bail now, they have still been slapped with Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code for "statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill- will between classes."

This move by the police is a gross clamp down on an individual’s freedom of speech and expression.

Justice Markandey Katju, Chairman, Press Council of India, and former Judge, Supreme Court of India in his letter to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra condemning this arrest said, “Under Article 19(1)(a) of our Constitution, freedom of speech is a guaranteed fundamental right . We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship. In fact this arrest itself appears to be a criminal act since under sections 341 and 342 it is a crime to wrongfully arrest or wrongfully confine someone who has committed no crime.

The arrest of a young 21-year-old girl and her friend for voicing her opinion against the complete shut down of a city due to the death of a leader,on a networking site, is not only wrong but also undemocratic.

I ask the Commissioner of Police, Thane, Mr. K.P.Raghuvanshi, to immediately take cognisance of this issue and drop all charges slapped on Shaheen Dhada and her friend Renu.

Sign this petition and join me in condemning this act of the Thane police and get them to drop all charges against Shaheen and her friend.

You can call the Commissioner of Police, Thane at 022 25344499 or the Director General of Police, Maharashtra  Mr. Sanjeev Dayal at 022 22026672/22840598

News Sources


2. http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/two-women-arrested-for-facebook-post-on-mumbai-shutdown-294239

3. http://news.oneindia.in/2012/11/19/woman-arrested-for-posting-anti-thackeray-comment-on-fb-1100892.html

Sanjeev Dayal, Director General of Police, Maharashtra
K. P. Raghuvanshi, Commissioner of Police, Thane
Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister, Maharasthra
Drop charges against Shaheen and Renu for comments about Mumbai Shutdown

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. Mumbai Mirror covered our online campaign in today's newspapers ! Well done

      Mukut Ray
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for the overwhelming support.

    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anil Kumar INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I hold the constitutional right of freedom of speech important

      • almost 2 years ago

      It's important to me because I firmly believe in freedom of speech, and this comment was in no way inflammatory. Its absolutely ridiculous to press charges against both the girls!

    • Dinesh Kumar INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Freedom is speech is integral to survival. Such acts are symbol of oppression.

    • yasheswi kishan MANGALORE, INDIA
      • almost 2 years ago


    • Manasi Kashyap LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am ashamed to call myself an Indian after this incident. India cannot truly be a democracy till people have complete freedom of speech!


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