Virender Sehwag is one of the most outspoken celebrities on social media and is one of the most entertaining accounts to follow on Twitter. His tweets are funny, witty, sarcastic and sometimes controversial as well.
Sehwag had recently tweeted his views on the Kerala tribal youth mob lynching case, in which a mentally challenged tribal youth was beaten to death by a mob for stealing rice from a shop to fulfill his hunger. The mob caught him and tied him up, beating and thrashing him, before calling the police. The youth named Madhu, died because of severe trauma and broken ribs.
The police have arrested 16 arrests so far in the matter.
Sehwag had tweeted, “Madhu stole 1 kg rice. A mob of Ubaid, Hussain and Abdul Kareem lynched the poor tribal man to death. This is a disgrace to a civilised society and I feel ashamed that this happens and kuch farak nahi padta.”
However, many followers criticized Sehwag for mentioning names of the accused selectively. He received severe backlash thanks to the controversy that his tweet created.
Here is the screenshot of the tweets Sehwag had posted:
In response, Sehwag rendered an apology in form of a tweet, that said, “Non acceptance of a fault is itself a 2nd fault.I apologise I missed out on more names involved in this crime bcoz of incomplete info & sincerely apologise 4 it but the tweet is not communal at all. Killers r divided by religion but united by a violent mentality. May there b peace”
However, Virender Sehwag deleted both the tweets after some time. The tweet was retweeted more than 16,000 times and the apology tweet was retweeted close to 5,000 times.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered 10 lakhs in compensation to the victim’s family. The centre’s tribal affairs ministry asked Kerala government for a detailed report.