Ritika Sajdeh Faces Severe Backlash For Supporting Palestine

Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma’s wife Ritika Sajdeh found herself trapped in a recent controversy; after she posted an image on her Instagram story about the Israel-Palestine conflict. She was one among those Indian celebrities who shared the post “All Eyes on Rafah” on May 28. After facing a severe backlash on social media from a certain set of users, Ritika deleted the story from her Instagram page within a few hours of posting.

Her post supporting Palestine received severe criticism, especially during her silence on the problems faced by Kashmiri Pandits and Pakistani Hindus. Ritika was forced to delete her post from social media after several users commonly criticized her support as selective and completely unfair. Not only Ritika Sajdeh but also several celebrities from India and other nations who supported Palestine faced different types of criticism.  

What does it mean by the post “All Eyes on Rafah”? A Serious Issue in recent times

The post “All Eyes on Rafah” is a serious issue, sharing widely by famous social media users to grab the attention towards the massacre in Rafah.

According to the Reuters news agency, the Israeli government sent its tanks to the center of Rafah, a southern city in Gaza for the first time on Tuesday (May 28). Almost 1.4 million Palestinians were seeking shelter due to heavy bombings in other areas. It means that more than half of the total population of Gaza has been living in Rafah.

Despite the International Court of Justice issuing an order to end its attacks on the city; the Israeli shelling and airstrikes in Rafah resulted in the death of at least 45 people, and more than 200 were left injured.

Ritika Sajdeh and other Celebrities support Palestine

Along with Ritika Sajdeh, several other Bollywood celebrities supported Palestine such as:

  • Alia Bhatt
  • Kareena Kapoor
  • Rakul Preet
  • Priyanka Chopra
  • Varun Dhawan
  • Tripti Dimri
  • Nora Fatehi
  • Radhika Apte
  • Bhumi Pednekar

Even the Indian legendary Tennis player Sania Mirza, singer Shilpa Rao, and South Indian superstars namely Dulquer Salmaan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu also shared the same post.

Additionally, several international former and present cricketers voiced their support of Palestine such as:

  • Hashim Amla (Former South African batsman)
  • Irfan Pathan (Former Indian all-rounder)
  • Kagiso Rabada (South African pace bowler)
  • Babar Azam (Pakistan Men’s cricket team captain)
  • Daren Sammy (Former West Indies all-rounder)
  • Rashid Khan (Afghanistan spin bowler)
  • Travis Head (Australian batsman)
  • David Warner (Australian batsman)
  • And many more…

Why is Ritika Sajdeh getting backlash for supporting Palestine?

A particular section of social media users weren’t happy saying that the Indian team captain’s wife was raising her voice only for selective atrocities and accused Ritika Sajdeh of not speaking about the issues in India. At the same time, a few of them trolled her that she wasn’t aware of Rafah’s location and was determined to support Palestine.

One such user commented that being the wife of Rohit Sharma; she never spoke about the Kashmiri pandits or the Hindus being treated badly in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Rather, she is too much concerned about the Palestinians. A few others reported that it was a paid story posted by Ritika and she wouldn’t be aware of the fraudulent activities used by Pro-Palestinian.  As a result, people believe that Ritika Sajdeh deleted her post once she came to know about the reality of that story.

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Over 46 million users have shared the story “All Eyes on Rafah”. And the particularly reputed celebrities are getting trolled with unusual comments, despite receiving little positive support from the other end.

Such types of controversies throw light on the challenges that celebrities and their families struggle with when discussing social and political issues, especially in a large cultured country like India.

When the whole world is showing emotions to support Palestine, several Indian cricketers’ wives have come forward to voice their opinions about the issue in Rafah and support humanity, which includes these popular names:

  • KL Rahul’s wife Athiya Shetty
  • Yuzvendra Chahal’s wife Dhanashree Verma
  • Shivam Dube’s wife Anjum Khan
  • Harbhajan Singh’s wife Geeta Basra
  • And several others…

Ritika Sajdeh’s decision to remove the post from social media points out the challenges a celebrity faces in handling public opinion on social media only for the main reason of promoting human rights.

On the other side, Rohit Sharma in New York are busy with the preparations for upcoming T20 World Cup 2024; and will play their first match of the tournament against Ireland on June 5.

Even Pakistan fans started to troll Rohit Sharma for his wife’s post. Finally, Ritika Sajdeh has to overcome such controversies. And motivate Rohit Sharma to perform well in the T20 World Cup 2024.

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