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IAS officer issued show-cause notice for tweeting against rape-culture in South Asia

The IAS officer from Kashmir, calls it ’love letter from boss’

New Delhi: An Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer from Kashmir who topped the civil services exam in 2010, on Friday said that the government has issued him a show-cause notice over a tweet he made in April commenting on a story of a man raping his mother.

“Love letter from my boss for my sarcastic tweet against rape-culture in South Asia,” Shah Faesal wrote sharing an official letter from the general administration department of the Jammu and Kashmir government, in his Twitter handle.

The letter says that the central government’s department of personnel and training has asked for action to be initiated against Faesal over his tweets. It also enclosed screenshots of the tweet which allegedly violated service rules.

“Patriarchy+Population+Illiteracy+Alcohol+Porn+Technology+Anarchy = Rapistan!,” Faesal had tweeted in April over a story titled “Porn addict rapes 46-year-old mom, arrested in Gujarat”.

“..You have allegedly failed to maintain honesty and integrity in discharge of your official duty and thus acted in a manner unbecoming of a public servant. Now therefore, you are asked to explain your position within a period of 15 days positively after receipt of this communication, failing which the action as warranted under rules shall follow,” the notice issued on Tuesday said.

“The irony here is that service rules with a colonial spirit are invoked in a democratic India to stifle the freedom of conscience. I’m sharing this to underscore the need for a rule change,” Faesal tweeted on Friday.

Faesal was the first person from the state to top the IAS exam in 2010 and is a household name across the state.

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