Arrest of Shriram for hate messages - A lesson for online abusers


Walter Nandalike
Editor-in-chief
Daijiworld.com

 

Mangalore, Mar 5 : The prompt arrest of Shriram Yadapaditthaya for posting hate messages against a partcular religion on Facebook has opened up a heated debate among netizens, especially in social networking sites.

Shriram, a techie from Shivamogga staying in Bengaluru, was arrested after a complaint was filed against him for making derogatory comments against Christianity on Daijiworld's Facebook page.

The incident should serve as an eye-opener for online users. Quite a few people have taken freedom of speech, especially on social media, for granted, many have gotten away due to lack of evidence, and lack of courage in filing complaints, or delay in doing so.

Daijiworld's Facebook page has about 80,000 followers from all around the world and dozens of news links from the website are posted every day. The moderators do not discriminate on religion or subject when posting the news links. Over the years we have faced a huge number of abuses from various corners, and do so even now. The best thing we have done is to simply ignore and not react at all, and move on with our mission of providing unbiased news. We welcome constructive criticism and use it to make ourselves better, and when we go wrong, we take a lesson from it and rectify our errors.

But this time, filthy language used by Facebook user Shriram inflicted pain on a section of the community, and the matter assumed serious proportions. Though we were quick to delete some of the comments from the page as soon as we received complaints from readers and Facebook users, the comments were already seen by many, and screenshots began to be widely circulated through WhatsApp and other social media.

I have personally been one of the biggest victims of online abuse ever since daijiworld.com was incorporated. I have experienced every kind of abusive language, and quite a few times, reacted too with anger. But over the years, I have learnt to take these abuses in my stride and not to react spontaneously. Not only online, abuses have come my way over the phone and even face-to-face. It is not so easy to be mute all the time, for after all, we are humans and have our moments of weakness.

There is always a difference in ideologies, which is evident from discussions related to politics. But when it comes to religion or an individual, one has to be very careful in selecting the words while conveying the message.

Religion has been the most sensitive issue in current journalism, and any hate message against any particular community has become difficult to bear with, as there are several groups spread over in each religion. Most of the time, personal abuse hurts a lot. There has been much debate over free speech these days, but one needs to remember that while healthy debates are always welcome, using cuss words and abusive language is totally unacceptable on open platforms that are easily accessible to children.

It was perhaps very easy for anyone to send out hate messages until the IT Act came into existence. Under the IT Act, not only the users, even online publications like us are liable for posting abusive or hate comments. And yes, we have faced such situations a few times in the past, and are fighting a legal battle even now.

If you think that sending emails or posting malicious comments on websites under a false name is safer, you are wrong. Today the technology can trace you anywhere, and no matter under what name you send comments, you can be tracked to the very device you used for it.

Those who find pleasure in sending abusive messages through various platforms and devices, please take note. The arrest of Shriram is an ample example of how our authorities and law can catch you in no time.

One must salute S Murugan, the police commissioner of Mangaluru city for taking serious note of the case and arresting the accused in less than 48 hours.

Since Shriram has publicly apologised in his Facebook post for his misadventurous hate messages, one may assume that he has realized his mistake. Of course, law will take its own course, but I suggest, let us forgive him and treat this incident as a lesson for those who enjoy abusing others online, on phone or face-to-face.

Here's a small revelation: During investigation into Shriram's case, we were told by the authorities not to delete comments from Facebook the next time such an incident occurs, no matter how abusive the comments may be. We were instead told to save copies of the abusive comments as evidence for future use. Hence, please think twice when you post comments both on Facebook and on our website, because if need arises, we will be obliged to cooperate with the police.

This is a special request to the readers of Daijiworld.com - please be careful while selecting your words when posting comments to articles. A number of comments go unpublished due to abusive words and personal attacks on others, but please remember that you would be writing abusive comments at your own risk. Let us keep this space clean, open and comfortable for all. If anyone finds abusive content in the published comments, please notify us with 'Report abuse' option, and help us keep this platform clean.

 

  

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  • JR,

    Mon, Mar 16 2015

    SUCH ISSUES COULD HAVE BEEN AVERTED IF POLITICIANS AND GOVT. BEHAVE RESPONSIBLY WITHOUT HURTING PEOPLES SENTIMENTS OF ANY COMMUNITIES IN GENERAL AND MAJORITIES IN PARTICULAR.
    POLICE HAVE ACTED SO SWIFTLY WITHOUT ANY MATERIALS BUT SAME SPIRIT NOT SHOWN IN TRACING THE ATTACKER OF WOMEN INSIDE THE ATM.
    THIS IS "KAR-NATAKA"

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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Fri, Mar 06 2015

    Great timely warning. Journalism must be without fear or partiality.
    Likewise, every comment must keep certain standard of decency and respect towards the opponents.

    While touching the subject of religion, the commentators get too irresponsible and flagrant at times. Show true religion while touching that subject.

    I was greatly blessed through writing comments at the Daijiworld for a very long time. The daijiworld is doing a great job in journalism. As I am getting old, may I request your prayers for the energy and concentration to write comments as usual.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [6]

  • Raj, Mangalore/US

    Fri, Mar 06 2015

    Great job and a great lesson.

    What i do not understand is there have been so much of hate comments in the past on the website that has been kept. I've been surprised at times with the lack of moderation in those comments. There has been attacks against political parties, religion, caste etc. I hope this is a lesson for you as well Daiji. Hope to see more peaceful comments going forward.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [4]

  • Walter DSouza, Mangaluru

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    TTS Kadri, ಯವರೆ
    ಇನ್ನು ಮುಂದೆ ಕಮೆಂಟಗಳು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಆಗಬಹುದು ಅನ್ನ್ನಿಸುತೆ.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [5]

  • Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    @ vellano1, & ER: Owaisi should be questioned and tried for his comments.. What about Togadias, the sadhvi`s, the Mohan Bhagawats?? do you condemn what they have said?? why the hypocrisy... No sane human being will support any cruelty to a fellow human being irrespective of the religion, caste or color.. The question is are the ones who support and endorse such cruelty are sane? how much anger and grouse should they be holding and for what? Would these people who spit venom in the society do the same if they themselves or their loved ones are at the receiving end? During the moral policing that is endorsed by the right wing there was a complete lack of humanity. Would they do the same to their own kids? abuse, slap and hit them in public? who gave us these rights or are we saying that this too is a right of expression?

    There is a right of expression, but not at the cost of the fellow beings feeling and dignity.

    Rather than letting religion, politics clouding our ability to think and act sane, we should act in accordance with humanity, goodness, peace and progress...

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [8]

  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dear Daiji Team and Walter,you are right.since past some years social media has become a platform for abuse Religion ,personal abuse or just write nonsense,.sometime People do not think why what .No matter,priests,politicians,women children.no wonder so many children attempted suicide.Because without reason children abuse other ,a less intelligent ,more intelligent all types on face or note book.parents dont checkup,sometimes without notice of Facebook.At present Religion is the important subject.how many times such abuse is groundless.because one writes,the other pour oil in feuer.That should not happen.we are educated?really?previously our parents ,grandparents were also happy without face book,mails,smartphone.Today?it is rotten.noone recognize his door neighbour.is it our fast grown IT.world.?since the Religion abuse has started,the matter with conversion ,new religions sekts all has become a big issue.Hope it will calm down slowly,and we all as a Nation should Forget who is whatand dont hate each other.live in peace .should be role model to other Nation.Help to come down fron rape incidents.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [5]

  • CONRAD JOHN TAURO, SHIRVA/UDUPI/DUBAI

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Shriram...
    Bura kaam...
    Sudar ja...

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [20]

  • Pramod, Kundapura

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    This police, military, ministers, influence, politics, govt.,country and all are not permanent. History has changed.. Rulers came and fell.. Only thing that has survived is 'RELIGION' which never fell.. A Judgement Day of a different kind will take place in the near future with regards to religion.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [14]

  • Grace, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Indeed a great job Mr. Walter Nandalike. We really appreciate the timely intervention by Mr. S. Murugan, the Police commissioner of Mangalore who caught him within 48hrs and all the Christian youngsters who came forward and filed the FIR against this brain washed Shriram. This is the eye opener for all who post such hurt messages against any religion in the future.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [24]

  • cynthia, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dear Mr Shankar
    Firstly as educated ppl v should understand difference between freedom of speech and abusive speech particularly when targeting any religion. We respect our constitution so without making any todfod or without creating any violence we went straight to the police peacefully and less than 48 hours we got justice. In Mumbai when PK was released some people went n stoned theaters, created all sorts of violence. When police and law exists who r v to take law in our hands. We should respect our constitution particularly on sensitive issues like Religion.

    Thank you Walter sir & Daijiworld team for the good work.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [27]

  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Preachers of tolerance and forgiveness could well have responded on the same platform and demanded an apology and warn him of the consequences otherwise. Could also have met him personally and seeked an apology.
    Oh, then you wouldn't have the pleasure of victory for putting a boy behind bars.

    Keepers of the religion, what have you done against Mohan Bhagvat? Have you done anything against Balika girl? What have you done against Dan Brown? He was roaming in India recently. Do you know how many abusive books like " The Holy grail" are being sold in India?

    My simple question is "Is one's faith on God so fragile that if someone abuses, it will shatter?"

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [30]

  • Vikas G, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Preaching forgiveness is only for weekends, not weekdays. PK is OK but AIB roast is not okey.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [13]

  • sam, world

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    @Vikas G, Udupi

    "Preaching forgiveness is only for weekends, not weekdays"
    - Preaching and practicing forgiveness and true repentance must be done frequently.
    - Forgiving someone does not mean the person who was forgiven can keep repeating the same action over and over again. This means the person who was forgiven has not repented !
    - If we do not truly reconcile with one another, we cannot reconcile with God. Jesus Christ knows who has truly repented and who seeks true forgiveness.

    Report Abuse Agree [11]

  • H. Siddhanti, Udupi/Washington, DC

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    May be the commentator does not know that people have complained against them as well. However, the difference is that people like bhagwat and balika have openly given speeches and if the society (including individuals like you) believes in the rule of law and decency, then the society should take action. There is no need for any particular person to complain. Also, the fiction and hate speech are different things altogether. JHust check what this guy posted in his facebook, it is a threat to people which falls under criminal code. Writing a book on some topics is not a threat to anybody though it can offend people's sensitivities. Freedom of speech is the freedom to discuss topics that could offend, but not to threaten violence against any person or group.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [13]

  • John S, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    This boy certainly deserves one chance and we must forgive him as our Lord said. If he booked under any acts he will struggle get job/passport and the rest. Small stupid mistake forgive him

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [13]

  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    DW Editor.
    Is Mr. Walter.
    whichever Matter.
    A news article Writer.
    Yours future is Brighter.
    Keep it up cool Character.

    I suggest a way out for Shriram Yadapaditthaya.

    In the daijiworld almost commentators have forgiven him for his heinous abuse to Christians and Christianity except a few.
    There is no any law in this world ones both the parties compromise each other and take back the complaint to rest the case.
    Let him use the opportunity what Jesus said:
    I quote. Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Unquote.
    Let Shriram and some reliably responsible persons take an appointment and ask forgiveness from bishop along with some other church elders or pastors and those who have complained on behalf of Christian community. Hope they may forgive you and take back the complaint.

    Any way he was a provoked person.
    Dhaari Thappidha Maga.
    Eega jailinalli haakidhe Beega.

    Drug peddler is caught.
    Drug supplier is still at large.
    So it is better the drug supplier is shut inside the jail.

    The police have carried out a commendable job in this case which is laudable.
    Daijiworld alert is wonderful and a standing ovation and applauses from me dear Respected Editor.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [16]

  • Valerian Dalmaida, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Let us use our energy in doing things which will help society. There is no greater religion than humanity. Let us all give some ideas and comments how we can improve the standard of life in Mangalore. Support new initiatives how to behave in public space, no inconvenience to our fellow human beings, follow traffic discipline, give way for women, old people and children in traffic, reduce speed, lane discipline, keep our surrounding clean, cross only at Zebra crosses, stand in queue, report malpractices, corruption to media, end VIP culture and so on. All the best Walty and let's make Mangalore a humanitarian City.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [4]

  • richard monis, shakthinagar

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    ANY COMMENTS SHOULD BE HEALTHY. SHOULD NOT PIN POINT RELIGION/CASTE . ALL THE BEST FOR DAIJI TEAM/READERS/COMMENTATORS.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [14]

  • Samson Rebello, Kallianpur/Dubai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Thanks Daiji .
    Comments should be biased and not personal. Some blind believers are hate mongers they are in every religion and politics, without them the society will be beautiful. Today if we need a vibrant India only united stand can help there are many countries which envy India. But some of our enemies are living among us. We have to identify them and distance them.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [4]

  • Deepak, Paladka

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Nobody in India has the right to insult any religion or hurt anybody by statements or any other actions. Now this episode is an eye opener to all individuals who hate other religion.
    Dont understand why people come under political influence to hate each other religion ?
    We all lived years together and will live together as friends regardless of any religion we believe in.
    Mangalooru, no chance for Communal violence. We are united forever.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [21]

  • TTS, Kadri

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    ವಾಲ್ಟರ್ ರವರ ಇಷ್ಟು ಸುಂದರವಾದ ಲೇಖನವನ್ನು ನೋಡಿ ಕೆಲವು ಕಾಮೆಂಟ್ ಬರೆಯುವವರು ಸರಿಯಾಗಬಹುದು ಅಂತ ಅಂದು ಕೊಳ್ಳೋಣ. ಆದರೆ ದೇವರೂ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಬುದ್ಧಿ ಕೊಡಬೇಕು. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾರಿಗೋ ಮನನೋಯುಸುವ ನಾಲ್ಕಕ್ಷರ ಬರೆದು ಮೂರು ವರ್ಷ ಜೈಲುವಾಸ ನುಭವ ಮತ್ತು ದಂಡ ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ ಪಡೆಯುವದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಮತ್ತು ಯಾರಿಗೂ ನೋವಾಗದ ಹಾಗೆ ರಚನಾತ್ಮಕ ಕಾಮೆಂಟ್ ಬರಯೂದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದಲ್ಲವೇ?

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [37]

  • N.M, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dear Daijiworld Team...your moderators are doing a fantastic job. However they need to refrain from posting messages which deviate from the core topic and get personal.

    regards

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  • Koti , Kundapura

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Well informative and timely article. Keep it up Daiji.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [12]

  • Rakesh, udupi

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dear commentators,
    u are blaming each other for Soniaji & Modiji. Did u get any job or development in ur life style in our native place from both of these people. u are still working outside the country for livelihood . If I am not getting job in my native than why I am blaming each other

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [19]

  • Dev Sagar, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    I HAVE A POINT TO MAKE. WE ARE IN A SECULAR DEMOCRACY. ALL RELIGIONS HAVE EQUAL STATUS AND FREEDOM IN INDIA. IF YOU DON'T LIKE ANY RELIGION, THEN KEEP AWAY FROM IT. BUT PLEASE DO NOT INTERFERE OR PUBLISH DEROGATORY COMMENTS ON ANY RELIGION IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN PEACE AND HARMONY IN SOCIETY.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [51]

  • Lawrence, Bangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    I think some people will never learn a lesson till they will end up with the situation like Shriram.

    They write comments with arrogance and once caught start crying for apology.

    Guys stop writing abusive comments against any human beings may be its Sonia Gandhiji,Manmohan Singhji,Rahul Gandhiji,Modiji,Advaniji or any common man.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [33]

  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    ..every case evolves from different situation,circumstances..things are said,written earlier also..but as the political scenario changes, as one community feels threatened by others it takes a defensive position and cases filed, misuse of freedom of expression so on comes into light..how can protest/defaming one community or organisation without evidence on incidents of theft/robbery in church can be acceptable?..is not abusing..except in above cases, if we start moral policing on comments this forum will drew a blank..how you will judge which word is abusive..its different from one another perspective..we have been called as BJPig..in which category it will come..our PM was addressed in very derogatory way in this forum..where you will put the lid..i dont see any difference between Toga#ia,Owa#si & Zak#r na#k..every one abusing freedom of expression in different way..its perspective of individual which decides who is abuser..

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [12]

  • Rajes sg, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Over the years reading comments in daijiworld one thing surprises me is that any incident occurred any where in the world boils down to only two things Politics and religion. Why Mangaloreans for that matter many of the commentators fail to see the incident as independent accident not connected to any religion or party. Why the comments end up in abuse and hate? Do we gain anything? What we must see is that how it is affecting the society as a whole and not to a religion.It is right that we criticise but make positive criticism do not jump into stereotyping anyone.Why we have to find identity only in religion or in a party? Can we not stand as an individual. I dont think that would be problem.One thing is for sure by abusing anyone nothing is gained but abuse in the end.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [8]

  • Thomas M., Alangar-Moodbidri/Kuwait

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dear Editor In Chief of "Daijiworld" Your timely advise on this issue social media messages is an eye opener for everybody who posts their derogatory comments using abusive words. In a civilized society, that too well educated youngsters who knows very well what they are doing and without bearing any social responsibility behaving in such a filthy manner shows what quality education they gotten a present day.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [3]

  • george dsouza, mangalore, mumbai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    So one can publicly abuse and threaten other communities in an open ground in front of over 1 Lac crowd and in presence of Policemen, but should be cautious in a social media! Law is really an ass.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [33]

  • R.Fernandes, Dubai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Hehe. Same thing was going in my mind also.
    Law will act on weak people. Attack on Sriram was like Gubbi mele Brahmasthra.
    Do the same people who filed FIR on Sriram have the courage to file FIR on Togadia? NO. they will not do it because of fear.
    I wish somebody had called this Boy and advised him not to do so would have been more appropriate than filing an FIR against him.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [26]

  • sanjay pais, mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    i totally agree with u sir. just for the sake of teaching a lesson the FIR part could prove a very costly part of his life in future when he goes job hunting or moving ahead in life.the best thing that could be done was to make him understand what wrong was done by him and issue a public apology on facebook.we sometimes have to see the implications too.why not be better humans and try making the world a better place !! :)

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  • vellano1, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Yes, time will come now and his karma will catch! "15 min police hatao, 100 crore hindu ko khatam kar denge" was in my eyes, Lowest a politican can get! This Siram incidence, is a eye opener in many a sense! Else, tomorrow, Owaisi would have used it to his political advantage and victimhood! Law is equal for all!

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [14]

  • Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    @ vellano1, Mumbai: Owaisi should be questioned and tried for his comments.. What about Togadias, the sadhvi`s, the Mohan Bhagawats?? do you condemn what they have

    said?? why the hypocrisy... No sane human being will support any cruelty to a fellow human being irrespective of the religion, caste or color.. The question is are the

    ones who support and endorse such cruelty are sane? how much anger and grouse should they be holding and for what? Would these people who spit venom in the society do

    the same if they themselves or their loved ones are at the receiving end? During the moral policing that is endorsed by the right wing there was a complete lack of

    humanity. Would they do the same to their own kids? abuse, slap and hit them in public? who gave us these rights or are we saying that this too is a right of

    expression?

    There is a right of expression, but not at the cost of the fellow beings feeling and dignity.

    Rather than letting religion, politics clouding our ability to think and act sane, we should act in accordance with humanity, goodness, peace and progress...

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [2]

  • Manglorean, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Mr Er,
    When Congress was in power, we only heard the opposition running them down by bad mouthing them to such low levels. Dont do that to any human being. What rubbish was and is still spoken bout Rahul. Their fly has sacrificed their lives which none other has. Jealousy is the most dreaded disease.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [37]

  • Peter, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Timely article by the Daijiworld editor.

    While communication system is so advanced, it’s abuse is also increased drastically. Rather than utilizing in a civilized manner, many educated people also misuse them. Social media sites were used send/receive all sorts of message, where most of them would cause damage in one way or other. Some may pass the message to many as if they themselves witnessed it, but without knowing the actual fact, and without realizing the extent of damage they would make. Filthy language, derogatory statements would damage the young minds and instigate hatred to other community for no reason. However, sadly some justify their wrong doings just because of their standard of living, society where live in, culture, community and so on… Freedom of expression or freedom of speech does not necessarily mean one can say/write anything and everything. Sometime damages done can not be corrected. Repent will not work here.

    Readers to note that, just by clicking ‘yes’ to the abusive and insulting statements, you are not only supporting their act, but you also inviting trouble for yourself when he was caught / charged with any case. Also you are encouraging and provoking others to react in wrong manner.

    Let us use these social media in a sensible manner… think twice before you post it…

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [18]

  • Rajesh Shetty, Mlore SHj

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Whatever ideological, political, religious difference and beliefs what we may have, but I believe Mangaloreans are not that hostile to each other as they sound here in reality. In a heat of debate we have our weakness's of not thinking before inking, but I hope in society we are not like that.

    The current young generation is little bit aggressive not as tolerant as we were when we grew up in teenage days. Our parents and grandparents were more tolerant than us also communal tension was not even relevant then. During Babri Masjid incident I remember in school we were talking about Hindu muslim riots, but I never remember any word of Temple or a mosque in the mouth of any regular muslim elders who used to come to visit our house in village for their evening chit chat with my grandfather and other neighbors. In my place back home, even now I still see elders still having the same bond with people from all community, for example in the markets, Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian, visiting each other, gossiping over a tea, having fun doing regular things. They do talk about politics , they support different political party, but that does not bother their regular routine or there is a heated argument or uncontrollable situation. However I do not see the same bonding in their children of this generation, most of them have ego issues that I belong to this religion or ruling party, that party this party, am superior for some matter, I have better contacts and in control in the area etc. However worried little bit for current and future. We hope elders, religious leaders of all community come together to council such youths and make a society healthy to live in irrespective of political or religious differences.

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  • vellano1, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Walter Baab,
    You are doing a wonderful service, Keep continuing! This Sriram incidence is a lesson for all! Infact a lesson to CM's media adviser Dinesh Amin Mattoo, too! If he had his way, he would have filed a complaint on you the admin of Daijiworld! for allowing such comments by nuisance makers! ..the idea is to arrest the guy who wrote nonsense, rather than who created a FB page!

    Yes, plaease also take note of the "CONTEMPT OF COURT", derogatory comments on any organisations, governmnet position holders, any RACE, racial slurs.. I have seen people commenting "color of our PM's skin"! insinuating Prime mister as murderer and ridiculing his earlier profession! Please take a note of it! Yes, doesnt mean governemnt office holders, can not be critticised! but let it be constructive and not with a preconceived notion! let our democracy, freedom, fundamental rights live! it is colorful.. lets keep it as it is.. thanks!

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [30]

  • hussain, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Man mohan singh can be called as Man Moun Singh but nothing should be called to Modi !!! wah .....Heights of Double standard ppl !!!

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  • vellano1, Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dude, Socialists stalwarts called Indira gandhi a "Goongi gudiya"! compared to that this was mild!... even those who called him Mute PM, maun Mohan, have extreme respect for him, but only ridiculing his inaction!.. I have never said, you dont criticise Modi for all his inactions and wrong policies! the debate should not start end with same ghisa pita lines! .. you have proofs/evidences, do go to court!

    President Johnson was a Janitor, lift operator in his younger days.. doesnt mean, world will mock him as "Janitor johnson".. no, once he became President, us post ka maryada hota hai! not that Janitor is a small job! Hope you get the point!

    yahan toh Modi ke nafrat mein ,log BBC ka faltupana bhi support karne lagte hain!

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    what hypocrisy? When Dr. MM Singh was teh P.M he was abused by bhakts and the BJP leaders themselves with the most un-parliamentary words..

    And now these same bhakts are following a different yard stick when it comes to criticism of their beloved leader who had a questionable past.

    waah!!! learn the art of hypocrisy from these folks.

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  • D Bhat, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 06 2015

    Calling MMS as Moun Singh is absolutely correct! But someone calling Modi as murderer etc is absolutely wrong and should be arrested. Call him something like Fat Man or something

    Reply Report Abuse Agree

  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015


    Absolutely, Now a days "Abuse” statement spreading like virus in Social Media by the Hate Mongers in all religions

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [23]

  • JSAHEB,

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Why this double standard. Why No politician till now not arrested? Arrest of him is not the end to the core issue. Unless politicians/religious goodas come under this scanner, things will be repeated by his followers. Jai hind

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  • Peter, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Mr.ER

    Mr.Amit Shah what post holding in government?

    Sir Walter

    I think it would have better if you could post this article in Kannada version also because it looks like some commentaors still didnt understood and they are in their political mood.

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  • ER, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Mr.Peter Udupi - Just scratch your head little bit. Mr.Amith Shah was former Home minister of Gujarat.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [12]

  • Peter, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    ER.Now scratch your head

    Soina Gandhi was holding very important positions of government in cabinet rank:

    Chairman of National advisory Council

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  • ER, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    @ peter Udupi- That's post in cabinet rank not a ministerial position. Any body can hold cabinet position, Mr.Anil Kumble too held vice chairman of the Wildlife Board of Karnataka, a position in preservation of wildlife.

    ha ha ha keep scratching your head.

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  • Peter, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    No comments Dude.

    You yourself exposed your lack of knowledge about Indian constitution.

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  • Antony Cony D Souza, Karkala / Qatar

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Walter Nandalike
    Editor-in-chief
    Daijiworld.com

    Dear Sir, Very genuine advice. It was the need of the hour.

    Here, Shriram is not important but the quick action from S Murugan, The Police Commissioner, surely will serve as a strong deterrence for the future.

    By our practice, hopefully almost all members of the particular community might have forgiven Mr. Shriram he deserves it, first time offender.

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  • john pinto, mangalore/dublin

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    HINDU, MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN, OR WHOEVER OR TO WHICH RELIGION HE BELONGS TO. I DONT CARE. BUT WHOEVER HATES ANY RELIGION OR ABUSE ANY RELIGION MUST AND SHOULD BE PUNISHED SEVERELY.EVERYONE HAS FREEDOM FOR THEIR OWN RELIGION

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [31]

  • Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    John,

    Just as every one has freedom of religion same way everybody as freedom to express their opinion. In a history of humankind opinion has not killed anybody but i cant say same thing of religion.

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  • sam, world

    Fri, Mar 06 2015

    @Zeitgeist, Mangalore

    "Just as every one has freedom of religion same way everybody as freedom to express their opinion"
    - Zeitgeist, as an Atheist, can you tell us who decides 'Christians should be slaughtered' is an expression or a rallying cry?

    "In a history of humankind opinion has not killed anybody but i cant say same thing of religion"
    - A lie repeatedly told does not make it true
    - The biggest threat that is destroying modern society is Relativism where there is no absolute truth and no one's opinion is 'right' or 'wrong' !

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  • Shivappa, Mangaluru

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Walter,
    Keep up the good work.
    some corrections in action are required. some people learn by hard way. hope others learn from examples like this.
    Freedom of Speech should not be absolute freedom.

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  • Austin Santhosh, Haleangadi/Bahrain

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    You are doing a great job dear Walter. We depend on Daijiworld for a clean & trusted reports. Your reporters, photographers are beyond our expectations. We are proud that a Mangalorean who came to gulf like us, now grown to this level & a role model to all Journalists. Keep your good works dear.

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  • Ajith Peter Dsouza, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    The incident should serve as an eye opener for everyone in the fast paced society, where venting out spontaneous emotions has become an activity of the day, without waiting to reflect whether it is a reaction triggered by anger or a reflection of a reasonable mind. In the era where Social networking has become an absolute necessity and indulgence for many , a confused notion and indication prevails as 'where to draw the line'?.

    The editorial amply explains our collective responsibility towards society and peaceful coexistence even in the digital space, while explaining the ethos of DW. This should definitely serve to build an understanding as not to use this space for a hot headed debate in gladiatorial arena where proving one's point becomes an absolute means of self expression, rather to be sensible not to react but to act.

    A timely article by the Editor.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Arrest of Sriram for posting his views on a facebook page has revealed the hypocrisy we face with everyday !
    The Hypocrisy of all those who extended extensive support to Charlie Hebdo when they published the cartoon and when they were attacked. The arrest also unmasked the hypocrites who hailed the movie PK and asked for a ban for Davinci Code.
    I am in least support of the views expressed by Sriram but strongly support his right to express.

    Daijiworld assisting the police with necessary proofs, shows the high standards of abiding the law. I appreciate that.

    But Sir Walter, having seen you with great respect for unbiased reports, making all mangaloreans proud around the world by gifting us Daijiworld, I expected you to make one word condemning this incident of complaint/arrest. You missed that i guess.
    If this trend continues, the high standards of 'freedom of expression ' in India , which the whole world applauds is at risk.

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  • clvie, Kuwait

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Shankar freedom of expression does not give you the right to abuse any religion or person.
    What is the use of freedom of expression if it is going to provoke unrest in society.
    You are talking about PK what about the umpteen times where Christians are shown as drunkards/of loose character?

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  • Jawar D'Souza, M'loreL/Mumbai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dear Sankar sir its the Language which he used is very bad. As per his experience he is just shouldering responsibilities, so he might not be aware what he is writing.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Sir,
    I endorse neither the views nor the language of this boy Sriram.
    But I support and endorse his right to express.
    If the reader doesn't like it, ignore it. If you want to object it use the same platform. Do not avenge by filing cases just you did not like his views.

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  • sam, world

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    @Shankar, Mangalore

    "But I support and endorse his right to express."
    - Is saying 'Christians should be slaughtered', an expression of feelings or something else?
    - If the boy said "The PM or Sadhu or wife should be slaughtered", would you still be championing his right to express?
    - These are the words of a person filled with hate. We need to pray to God to change the heart of this boy (i.e. Shriram Yedapaditthaya).

    "If the reader doesn't like it, ignore it. If you want to object it use the same platform."
    - In other words, you want to pull Christians to the same lower standards of this misguided boy.
    - Why didn't his own community object to his comment? Do they care about this boy? Do they care about this boy's eternal salvation?

    "Do not avenge by filing cases just you did not like his views."
    - The Hindu understanding of avenge is not the Christian understanding of avenge. Read the Bible.
    - It is out of love of Christ for this boy, the Christians have filed a case. What if this boy and others inspired by his bravado uttered something like this at work or home? Would the office people or family members ignore it?
    - Has his own family reprimanded him? Why not?

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  • Vantage Point, mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    What I say is freedom of expression has limitations..it has to be....No one desires their religion to be mocked...When you expect freedom of expression on other religion you must accept on your own also....

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  • Abu Mohammed, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    A timely and very good article, there are some paid online commentators whose job is only to comment against other religions. Now a days the religion has become a product. Line a product, they try to show that our religion is better than any other... when they fail to attract, they try other way, like abuse and spread fake news on other religions. This is not only a online tussle , you can see those celebrations of unity and “utsava” where instead of talking about the good elements of their religion and convert the youth in to a god fearing and kind human , they only keep abusing the rest. They bring in expert abusers from other states. But again it’s an open secret that these groups are there to market a particular political party, they get hefty money to fetch votes for them.

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  • Madhushree, Moodbidri

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dear ER,

    I think here the subject mentioned is "religion" and not politics or politicians.

    Religion is equal to mother. Am sure no one will like abusing our own mother.

    So kindly treat all mothers (Religions) is equal with respect.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [41]

  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Thank you Mr. Nandalike for your timely advise & caution!!

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  • reckson, Taccode/Dubai

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Nice Information from walty . But we have to teach lesson for some one so that time only the will learn what is lesson. Every time we are giving excuse means no sense to do protest . Let police to do some thing on this issue. If we not teach lesson, how this culprits get know what is the effects of abusing any other religions and communities. India Named as “Hindustan” But indian constitution will not tell any one only hindus have to leave here. All religion or caste people can live here in india and they can spread their religion values.
    We are Christians have to forgive others. But all time how we can do that?

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  • SK, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Thank you Mr Walter. for awakening and the credit also goes to SP Mr Murugan who has taken the initiative to clean the garbage of hate mongers....... Hope and pray,the future of Mangalore will be peaceful... Finally we request the SP.... 1) to fulfill his promise of filing FIR against the Balika Sadvi....2) to help the Kerala Police to arrest Tagodia whenever he is seen in DK/Udupi districts

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  • ER, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    In Daijiworld,  you can find lots hate messages pour in against our respected PM Modiji, Mr.Amit Shah, Mr.Advaniji etc. Can you do something to stop name calling like Chaiwalla, Feku, Murderer etc to our Hon. PM Mr.Narendra Modiji.

    For us he is man of vision, great leader and man on mission to change India for good.

    Hope you would instruct your staff to stop publishing despising comments against Modiji.

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  • PR, Mangaluru

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Yes Mr ER you are right
    One has NO problems WHATSOEVER for calling Sonia a Waitress or Rahul a PAAPU or rapist...
    but we have BIG pain when we call something to MODI. Can You ask Times of India also to stop such FEKU comments ??

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  • ER, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    @Mr.PR the person named by you donot hold any office nor held any position in Government. They are ordinary persons like us. Why get hurt by comment when you yourself post hated filled comments here.? So you justify name calling of Modiji? wait.........

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  • Kumar, Bejai, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Does it mean ordinary people like us has no value in society?? Only so called Politicians and government job holders demand respect??Respect should be equal to everyone regardless their age,gender and religion..

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  • PR, Mangaluru

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dear ER,
    When Manmohan Singh was in last few months in power (as PM), he was abused like ANYTHING. Sonia, Rahul and MMS were fired with dirtiests words in this earth. Still that's not abuse. No case required for that?
    Now, when people give real criticsism to FEKUS then it hurts!! Sorry brother you are on wrong platform...Daijiworld is not a mouthpeice of RSS like some dailies in Coastal

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  • Hussain, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    When MMS was the PM he was called as MAN MOUN SINGH, and it was OK for u guys....now if something is said about our present PM, u people get offended !! Why such double standards? All PM come up with great vision and a belief to improve India ..

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  • Cynthia Aranha, Muscat / Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Well done Walter - we are very big fans of you. Admire you for what you have done to entire Mangalorean society, without considering religion

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [17]

  • Laila Pinto, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Thank you Mr Walter Nandalike for the information and the consequences of abusive comments..

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [11]

  • Peter, Udupi

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Guys please remember commenting in abusive to support your leaders or organization is easy.

    But if something happens no leaders or organization will come for your support.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [21]

  • Bryan, Bahrain

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Because if you take a risk by hurting others, you just might find what you're looking for, Plain and simple...

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [6]

  • Shahul, Honnali

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Great Article Sir.

    Its really an eye opening for everyone who thinks that just posting a comment which is abusive and hurting sentiments of others easy. But IT system is so forward within fraction of time Cops can find-out.

    Also those who are sitting in abroad also Indian authority and that country authority can reach to your computer desk within no time if they wish to.

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  • Abdul Rahman, Uppinagady/Muscat

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Walter,
    Whoever & whatever they say, you are doing a great job!

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [28]

  • Ahmed, Doha / Mangalooru

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Dear Mr. Walter

    Sir, so many hate messages being spread in whatsapp and FB against Muslim community. Why don't you report this?

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [10]

  • prakash, mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Thank you Mr. Walter Nandalike/ Daiji for your openness to educate the people here. This helps to serve as an eye opener and a warning to be careful while commenting. Most would comment for the fun with out a serious thought therefore without knowing what the end results would be.

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  • RD, Karkala

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    very well written Mr. Walter. While some people argue in the lines of free speech, it doesn't mean that anyone can abuse any religion or person thinking that he or she can get away with the ruse of freedom of speech.
    All should have control over emotions and not show their online machoism. Let us be courteous to all irrespective of religion or colour .
    Mr. Shriram seems to have carried away with his emotions as he has done it many times earlier, which can be seen on google search. Hope he and all of us have learnt a lesson today on our limits of decency or indecency.

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  • Bennet Vas, Mangalore

    Thu, Mar 05 2015

    Timely caution from Mr. Walter Nandalike
    Editor-in-chief
    Daijworld.com

    Indeed many a time it is difficult to suppress our opinion, specially when sensitive subjects on religion or our National commitment is questioned. Many a time we have half baked people spewing venom on certain communities as if they are the conscience keepers of this nation / world. Every one has their own opinion - may be right or wrong - but none has the right to run down others. Keep up the good work Daijji .. you are one of the finest news portals this part of the world. When I am on the move I keep myself informed accessing the Daijji site .. be it for the latest on our dear Kudla, International news, politics, cricket, any thing for that matter .... Long live Daijji and its team.

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