Hri Kumar doesn’t get it… He doesn’t know what ‘netizens’ want.
Isn’t it obvious? They don’t want her to be jailed!
That’s their first desire.
Second, they don’t think what she did was vandalism, at least when compared to Michael Fay or Oliver Fricker. They may be wrong on this, at least in law, but there is a lot of sentimentality and support for her.
Mr Kumar says it is not for the police to decide what is art and what is vandalism, that the police’s job is just to enforce the law as it stands, and leave the judgements to the Court, which can decide to aware a lenient sentence if they view it as not a serious offence.
That is only partially true. The police, in consultation with the AG’s Chambers, can and do have prosecutorial discretion. They can decide not to press charges, or to prosecute under a different charge, or even to just give a “stern warning”, depending on the public interest.
So it’s wrong to say everything is up to the Court.
Third, I think this shows Mr Kumar’s continued inability to understand netizens’ sentiments. That does not bode well for him as a politician. If he doesn’t know the online sentiment, the least he could do is just shut up, like virtually all other elected MP’s.