Condemned cow vigilantism; Bajrang Dal lodges complaint against actor Sai Pallavi

A complaint was filed against south Indian actor Sai Pallavi by a Bajrang Dal activist on Thursday in Hyderabad after a video of the actor condemning cow vigilantism went viral.

RSS affiliate Akhil in a complaint filed at the Sultan Bazaar police station accused Sai of “making derogatory comments against Kashmiri Pandits and Hindus in an interview given to a Youtube channel.”

The right-wing activist also alleged that Sai’s comments hurt the sentiments of ‘animal lovers’ whom she compared with ‘extremists’, informed a police source to Deccan Chronicle.

The renowned actor was promoting her upcoming Telugu film “Virata Parvam” set in the background of the 1990’s Naxalite movement in Telangana.

Sai compared the mob lynching of Muslims by cow vigilantes to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits. “The Kashmir Files showed how Kashmiri Pandits were killed at the time. If you are taking the issue as a religious conflict, there was an instance recently where a Muslim was attacked when he was driving a vehicle carrying cows, and people chanted Jai Shri Ram. So where is the difference between what happened then and what is happening now? remarked the actor.

Sultan Bazaar inspector P. Padma taking cognizance of the complaint said “we are verifying the video and will be taking legal opinion.”

As the video clip of Sai went viral, right-wing accounts trolled her across social media and launched a Twitter campaign targeting her. Some of the users demanded that a case should be launched against her for her comments.

Her remarks also attracted agreement and applause from Twitterati.