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Aashna Lidder back on Twitter days after troll attacks, says took time off to be with family

Class 12 student Aashna Lidder was trolled on social media for alleged old posts with political references, days after her father's death in the 8 December IAF crash.

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New Delhi: Aashna Lidder, daughter of Brigadier Lakhbinder Singh Lidder, who died in the 8 December IAF helicopter crash that also killed CDS General Bipin Rawat, returned to social media Friday after a brief hiatus. The 16-year-old had deactivated her account in the days following her father’s death, reportedly after facing online harassment.

In a tweet Saturday, Aashna said she had “de-activated my twitter on my own, to spend time with family and away from any distraction”.

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi was among those who posted messages of support for Aashna, with many users sharing their own stories of loss.


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‘Woke, fearless, military brat’

A Class 12 student and author of a book titled In Search of a Title: Musings of a Teenager, Aashna was trolled on social media for alleged old posts with political references.

A now-deleted account of a user by the name of @kashyap_1407 had pulled up one of her old tweets criticising UP CM Yogi Adityanath. Although the account no longer exists, others shared screenshots of Kashyap’s tweet.

After she deactivated her account, support poured in for the teenager from several Twitter users. Indian Youth Congress National President Srinivas B.V. accused “BJP trolls” of “forcing” her to delete her account.

Taking a swipe at the various responses she received online, Aashna’s Twitter bio now reads: “It’s either, politically unaware opinionated teen or funny sarcastic girl; there’s no in between.”

(Edited by Poulomi Banerjee)


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