Coronavirus Outbreak: Wrestler Babita Phogat under fire over controversial Twitter rant

2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrestler Babita Phogat has been on the receiving end for her tweets targetting the Muslim community

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Wrestler Babita Phogat under fire over controversial Twitter rant

Following Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel’s Twitter account being suspended for her controversial remarks, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist wrestler Babita Phogat too has been on the receiving end for her tweets.

On Wednesday, Phogat took to Twitter to post a controversial remark targeting Muslims.

While Chandel’s account was deemed deeply communal and pulled down by Twitter indefinitely, Phogat, seemingly took a stand for Rangoli. The wrestler launched another controversial tweet on Thursday claiming that Rangoli Chandel’s tweet was taken down because Twitter did not like those who spoke the truth on its platform.

Needless to say, her Twitter rant has ruffled many feathers.

Social media stands divided with people either supporting the sportsperson or speaking up against her comments. The hashtags ##SuspendBabitaPhogat and #IsupportBabitaPhogat have both started trending on Twitter.

While one user posted “Enough with hate #SuspendBabitaPhogat,” another user wrote, “Someone who got fame through wrestling & also a movie gave a message to people but such hate mongers have no place on Twitter. Suspend her Account.#SuspendBabitaPhogat.”

On the other hand there were those who stood by the sportsperson, with one Twitter user writing, “Is there any question on whom to support? #ISupportBabitaPhogat.”

Wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Bajrang Punia came out in support of Phogat as well.

Phogat’s controversial comments come under a time the country is reeling under the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed over 400 lives and affected more than 11,000 people in India alone.

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