Paresh Rawal tweets 'Arundhati Roy should be used as a human shield', stirs row
New Delhi: Actor and BJP Lok Sabha member Paresh Rawal kicked up a storm on social media when he tweeted that the army in Jammu and Kashmir should be using author and activist Arundhati Roy rather than local “stone pelters” as a human shield.
There is no mention of the reason behind the sudden outrage. Rawal's tweet was in reference to the incident where 26-year-old Farooq Ahmad Dar was tied to an army jeep during the Srinagar by-elections as a 'human shield against stone pelters'. This had created a lot of controversy and the incident was severely criticised.
This is the video, Rawal was referring to.
Launching a scathing attack, Paresh Rawal targeted journalist Sagarika Ghose saying similar treatment should also be meted out to the senior journalist.
Sagarika Ghose responded in sarcasm.
Arundhati Roy is a writer who shot to fame in 1997 when her novel The God of Small Things won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Roy is also a an activist who raises her voice for several human rights issues.