An assistant bank manager at Kotak Mahindra Bank was fired over a comment he made about Asifa Bano, the 8-year-old gang rape and murder victim from Rassana village in Kathua, India.
Vishnu Nandakumar, who previously worked as an assistant manager at the bank’s Kochi branch, posted a now deleted comment on his Facebook account, saying it was “good that she was killed at this age itself. Else, she would have grown up and returned throwing bombs in India,” according to NDTV.
Facebook and Twitter users quickly called on the bank to terminate Nandakumar’s employment from the company.
@KotakBankLtd Please take necessary action against Vishnu nandakumar , Assistant Manager palarivattom branch,cochin as he supported and justified the henious crime of rape and killing of Asifa kashmiri girl.#JusticeForAshifa pic.twitter.com/ztqlGm8ABa
— Navas Mytheen (@navasmytheen) April 13, 2018
— Suhail Rasheed (@suhailsuhails) April 13, 2018
— Saif Arash (@SaifArash) April 13, 2018
WE DON’T HATE YOUR SERVICE, WE RESPECT YOUR SERVICE AND TO GET RESPECT HEREAFTER YOU NEED TO KEEP SOMEONE WHO RESPECTS OTHERS…WE HATE Vishnu nandakumar who don’t deserve the job in your Bank.There are somany outside with a goodhearted… Give them the job and get respect..
— Dazz (@Dazzkannur) April 13, 2018
One of your employee Mr. Vishnu Nandakumar (an Asst. Manager) is spitting pure communal hatred while the nation is Mourning and protesting for #AsifaBano
Better to take action than inviting public protests to your bank.@KotakBankLtd @KotakCares pic.twitter.com/Iizs8qJpKr
— Avinash Balakrishnan (@avithe007) April 13, 2018
Nandakumar reportedly comes from a family of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala, India. Ironically, before his comment on Facebook, his uncle, a BJP leader, had already condemned Asifa’s rape and murder case on the social media platform.
On April 13, Kotad Mahindra Bank officially announced on both Facebook and Twitter that Nandakumar had already been fired, citing “poor performance” as the reason and had condemned the ex-employee’s comment.
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