Ram Rahim's Twitter account withheld in India
The Twitter account of Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the Dera Sacha Sauda chief convicted on rape charges has been withheld. When one opens the account the message reads, " Withheld in India."
The account page, @Gurmeetramrahim, now bears the message, "@Gurmeetramrahim's account has been withheld in: India."
All the tweets too carry the message, " withheld in India." This means none of his followers in India can see what is being posted. However followers outside India will be able to view the posts.
The access was blocked based on a request made by the Haryana police. The police are also looking at blocking the other social media accounts belonging to the Dera chief.
While Twitter will not comment on personal accounts, an article on the support section of their website says representatives of governments and law enforcement agencies can request potentially illegal content to be removed. The "withheld" account and its tweets remain unavailable in the jurisdiction where the request was made from.
Ram Rahim was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment after being held guilty for rape. Following his conviction wide spread violence broke out in Haryana in which over 30 people were killed.