Arrested for Facebook in India
Arrested for Facebook in IndiaTwo detained over comments made after prominent Hindu nationalist leader's death.
Hundreds of thousands of mourners attended the state funeral of Hindu right-wing politician Bal Thackeray in Mumbai on November 18, 2012. EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI
The death of Hindu nationalist politician Bal Thackeray on Saturday drew crowds of mourners in India. As the leader of right-wing Hindu party Shiv Sena, Thackeray was among the country's most divisive public figures.
That divide was reflected online, after two young women were arrested for a comment on Facebook about the public reaction to Thackeray's death. Shaheen Dhanda wrote that the near-total shutdown of Mumbai, India's most populous city and a stronghold for Shiv Sena supporters, was "due to fear, not due to respect".