There has also been massive support online from ordinary netizens. Many have taken to social media platforms calling for Faruqui’s release and “SpeakUpForMunawar” has become a trending hashtag on Twitter. “Speak, before it’s too late. Speak, before they come for you. #SpeakupForMunawar” read one post. Countless others have echoed similar sentiments.
Now to be fair, not all posts using this hashtag have the same point of view. While most of the comments seem to be supportive, for some others, religion seems to be the only factor to be taken into consideration. As a handful of users informed, Faruqui was “lucky” that the community he had angered was humane.
A few others have also resorted to what seems to be a favourite among Twitter users – whataboutery. From the Citizenship Amendment Act to atrocities against other people belonging to different communities – the comments run the gamut.