Sheetal Devi, who recently conferred with Arjuna Award for her valiant contributions to Indian Archery, received praises from many including top celebrities. But a X(formerly twitter) user posted a disrespectful comment which led the police to take serious actions against him for violating the rights of a disabled person.
Malicious comments over Sheetal Devi’s disability
Sheetal Devi won many laurels for the country. Being a disable athlete, she developed a unique style to use her feet and legs for shooting. She won the World Archery Para Championship and became the first armless female archer to achieve this feat. Sheetal also won two gold medals and a silver at the Asian Para games in 2023.
An X user(also a memer) identified as @dudeitsokay posted a picture of Sheetal receiving the award from the President on January 10. As she cannot take the award with her arms, the X user wrote “Kitni arrogant hai, president award de rahe hai aur ye le nhi rahi(how arrogant she is, president is giving the award and she is not receiving it)”.
Dude now it's not okay 😭😭😭
Action Reaction pic.twitter.com/jGggHb4Exg
— UmdarTamker (@UmdarTamker) January 19, 2024
NCPCR filed a complaint
The post received backlash from several X users and reached the officials at National Commission for Protection of Child Rights(NCPCR). Sheetal, 16, is a minor and the officials of NCPCR filed a complaint with Delhi Police to take action against the X user on 17 January. The complaint also highlights the violation of rights of disabled person.
The letter instructs the police to file a FIR against X and also the person holding the account and to submit an action taken report within 2 days of receiving the letter.