On October 10, Hindu IT Cell (HIC) warned Youth Ki Awaz, which claims to be a writing platform for students, to remove objectionable content against Bhagwan Ram. The article and social media posts titled “How I made my grandfather see sexism in the Ramayana at the age of 80”, written by Mrittika Mallick, had been published by the platform on the website and social networks.
In a social media post, HIC said, “Young Ki Awaaz, we are giving you 5 hours to apologize and remove objectionable content, or we will take appropriate and severe legal action against you. Mocking and slandering our culture and our gods will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Your time begins now.
Within three hours of HIC’s tweet, Youth Ki Awaaz responded to his post and said on Twitter: “Hello, under Article 79 of the IT Law, Youth Ki Awaaz is an intermediary and a platform. open where anyone can post a message. We understand that this message hurts your feelings. We apologize for the same and have removed the post from all of our social media accounts. Thank you.”
As the platform apologized for the error, HIC decided not to take any further action against the platform.
Ultimately, @KiAwaaz apologized and accepted his mistake. We have therefore decided not to take legal action against them.
Our message is loud and clear, we will not tolerate any kind of activism or mockery that hurts our religious feelings.
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– Hindu IT Cell (@HinduITCell) 10 October 2021
However, it should be noted that the article they published had been up and running on their platform as of October 4. The platform also deleted an older post from 2017. Entitled “Valmiki’s Ramayana Shows Hinduism’s Inherent Misogyny And Sexism”, it was deleted. in October 2020. Notably, in both cases, the article was published or deleted near Diwali which is celebrated as the day Bhagwan Ram returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
What was in the last article on Youth Ki Awaaz?
The archived version of the article is available. The author relates how she tried to “turn over the parents” of her grandparents and “teach” them how Bhagwan Ram behaved badly with Mata Sita. Quoting a book on the Ramayana, she claimed that Mata Sita’s feelings were always downplayed by Bhagwan Ram.
She further wrote: “If age-old myths like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata have men so fatally flawed, why are they worshiped even today and women still blamed? It was never possible to eliminate Islamophobia in the hearts of my grandparents, but stories like these raise questions in their own religion and religious heroes. Unless the solid pillars of a vain belief in the faith crack, no human can welcome new ideas. “
Interestingly, for the author, if the so-called “Islamophobia” cannot be removed from the minds of grandparents, it was only fitting to plant a narrative that would force them to question their faith in Bhagwan Ram. It was a very clever attempt to distract his grandparents from the trust they had in them for decades. And what it seems from the conclusion of the article, she might have managed to do it.
Moreover, this was not the only derogatory article Youth Ki Awaaz had on the Ramayana. An August 2020 article titled “My Conversation with Lord Ram on His Ayodhya Mandir” shows the hatred its author Lenin Raghuvanshi (ironic that his name is Raghuvanshi, the same Vansh to which Bhagwan Ram belongs) has for Hindus and Bhagwan Ram. He tried to put his words in Bhagwan Ram’s mouth throughout the article and presented as if Bhagwan Ram was angry with the Hindus for demolishing the disputed structure in Ayodhya.
There are several articles on YKA on Ramayana, Bhagwan Ram or Mata Durga. In another 2019 article, Anjani Wishu called Mata Durga a prostitute and attempted to spread the infamous and derogatory twisted story of “Mahishasur Vadh”.