Two women in India have been arrested for criticizing the government's handling of a funeral for a deceased politician on Facebook.
The arrests followed the death Saturday of Bal Thackeray, a Hindu fundamentalist with reported links to mob violence. His death led the Indian city of Mumbai to shut down for his funeral.
That prompted Shaheen Dhada to post a Facebook status critical of the city's handling of Thackeray's funeral, accusing the city of shutting down "due to fear, not due to respect." Renu Srinivas, a friend of Dhada's then "liked" the status and both found themselves under arrest Sunday, according to the Associated Press.
The Indian media have rallied around the women, criticizing the government for the arrests.
Notable individuals have also criticized the arrests, including Markandey Katju, a former judge on India's Supreme Court, as well as Kapil Sibal, the country's minister of communications and information technology