The reporter from WSJ who asked Modi about Human Rights gets slammed on Twitter

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PM Modi is on his visit to the US recently. A few days back, he was addressing a press conference at the White House and a reporter from the Wall Street Journal asked him about discrimination happening in India towards the minority communities. Since that time, the correspondent Sabrina Siddique has been trolled by Hindutva users on Twitter.

The abusive tweets that concentrated on her Muslim heritage and her connection to Pakistan because of having a parent from that country, were been directed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s information and technology representative Amit Malviya. He had stated that her question was motivated and that PM Modi had given her a fitting answer, which was a blow to the ‘toolkit gang’.

During the conference, Sabrina had asked PM Modi, “India has long prided itself as the world’s largest democracy, but there are many human rights groups who say that your government has discriminated against religious minorities and sought to silence its critics. As you stand here in the East Room of the White House, where so many world leaders have made commitments to protecting democracy, what steps are you and your government willing to take to improve the rights of Muslims and other minorities in your country and to uphold free speech?”

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In his response, Modi stated that India has always worked on the principles of democracy and that democracy has proved to deliver irrespective of religion, race, caste, creed, and gender.

As soon as it went on air,  dedicated pro-BJP and pro-Hindutva user handles slammed Sabrina on Twitter. One remarked she was a ‘Pakistani Islamist’ while another commented, “She only attacks India. Hate is in the DNA of Pakistanis.” Some even said that she has Pakistani parents and is standing up for Islamists.

Sabrina Siddiqui posted a tweet in her support which has photos of her and her father supporting the Indian Cricket Team. She wrote, “Since some have chosen to make a point of my personal background, it feels only right to provide a fuller picture. Sometimes identities are more complex than they seem.”