Thackeray FB arrest: Shaheen doesn't regret what she wrote

Shaheen Dadha, who  along with her friend was arrested for  questioning the shutdown in Mumbai after Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray's death on Facebook, said today  she has said no regrets about what she wrote but what followed after should not have happened.

Speaking to CNN-IBN ,  Shaheen said, “What I wrote on my Facebook account was my opinion and I have no regrets.”

“The incidents what followed shouldn’t have happened… I don’t know why all this happened to me and my friend,” the 21-year old added.

The girl and her friend were arrested by the Mumbai police after a complaint was filed against them by an alleged Shiv Sena member over the Facebook post

Shaheen's Facebook status had  read: "Everyday 1000s of people die but still the world moves on. Just due to one political leaders death..  everyone just goes bonkers. They should know we are resilient by force, not by choice. Respect is earned, not given and definitely not forced. Today Mumbai shuts down due to fear and not due to respect."

Shaheen also  said that she will be back on Facebook  this  morning. She had deactivated her account t following the uproar by Shiv Sena.

A clinic owned by the uncle of one of the girls' was ransacked, allegedly by a group of 30 to 40 Shiv Sena workers. 10 people were arrested for the attack but were soon released on bail after Rs 7,500 was paid by each as surety.

Following a furore over the girls' arrest, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had promised "strict action" against police personnel, if they were found guilty in the probe.

Updated Date: Nov 24, 2012 10:25 AM

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