Fiji Sun

SODELPA Provisiona­l Candidate Claims Facebook Account Was Hacked

Party’s female MPs, women’s activist group shocked by ‘derogatory’ statement posted on social media.

- JYOTI PRATIBHA and SELITA BOLANAVANU­A Edited by Naisa Koroi Feedback:

SODELPA provisiona­l candidate Anirudh Kamal Sharma claims his Facebook account was hacked on Tuesday.

He made these claims after Fiji

Sun questioned him and showed him screenshot­s of a derogatory comment made from his account. The comment was made from Mr Sharma’s account around midday on Tuesday. It was deleted three hours later.

Mr Sharma, who is also a pastor, had not made any comments that his account was hacked and when he was able to retrieve it after Fiji

Sun called him yesterday afternoon and asked why he had made certain comments on Facebook.

Mr Sharma responds

After repeated messages sent on messenger which remain unanswered, when called over messenger, he said: “My account has been hacked many, many times. People have been trying to do everything they can, so I can’t say much.” When questioned if he was willing to hand over his account details to Police to investigat­e his complaint, Mr Sharma hung up. He also refused to answer any further questions on how he managed to retrieve his account and if the account was indeed hacked, and how was the comment deleted from the post.

He did not deny that the comment was posted from his account. He went on to put a public post on Facebook after 5pm yesterday saying his account was hacked. Meanwhile, Fiji Sun reached out to SODELPA women MPs and women’s rights group on how possible 2018 general election candidates need to behave on social media. They were sent the screenshot of the comment made from Mr Sharma’s account.


A fake account had posted up that $150 million had been collected through the Environmen­t and Climate Adaptation Levy and questioned where this money had gone. Heated debate ensued and out of nowhere, a comment from Mr Sharma’s account was posted in support of the fake account which had posted up the original post and said the money had gone into the sister of a man who had opposed the post.

Women speak out

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement executive director, Nalini Singh, when informed of the comment, said: “Whether it’s a provisiona­l candidate or a potential candidate or anyone, that kind of language is totally unacceptab­le, totally not required whether it’s a comment for a woman or for a man, that kind of language is offensive and is totally unnecessar­y.”

SODELPA Member of Parliament Salote Radrodro, when asked what she thought of such comments, she said: “Responsibl­y, respect and restrain and wise counsel must be exercised and such comments against women runs against our efforts in promoting the empowermen­t and developmen­t of women in all spheres of our society.”

Party Leader Sitiveni Rabuka is currently in Kadavu and could not be reached for comment. Screenshot­s of the comment were also sent to SODELPA’s general secretary, Adi Litia Qionibarav­i. No response was sent when this edition went to press.

 ??  ?? This is a screenshot of the post from the so-called “hacked” Facebook account. We have purposely deleted some of the words because they were too derogatory to publish.
This is a screenshot of the post from the so-called “hacked” Facebook account. We have purposely deleted some of the words because they were too derogatory to publish.
 ??  ?? SODELPA provisiona­l candidate Anirudh Kamal Sharma.
SODELPA provisiona­l candidate Anirudh Kamal Sharma.

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