The Mumbai Police on Saturday filed a case against Bharatiya Janata Party’s national spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her derogatory comments about Prophet Muhammad.
The saffron party leader made derogatory remarks during a show about the Gyanvapi mosque-Kashi Vishwanath temple issue on Times Now on Thursday. A day later, the news channel distanced itself from Sharma’s comments after a huge outrage erupted on social media.
Based on the complaint, the Pydhonie police station registered an FIR against Sharma under sections 295A (Malicious act to insult a religion), 153A (promoting enmity between groups) and 505(2)(statements conducing to public mischief), Live Law reported.
The FIR was based on a complaint by the Muslim organisation Raza Academy.
After Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair shared the video of Sharma’s derogatory comments on Friday, Sharma and other Hindutva politicians and activists have been campaigning against Zubair.
Coordinated attack against me by several BJP members, News Anchors, Journalists, IT cell & RW Influencial accounts coz I highlighted how Times Now News Anchor Navika Kumar allowed BJP spokesperson to make derogatory remarks. Since when has reporting hate speech become a crime?” asks Zubair.
She accused Zubair of being responsible for the threats. The BJP leader told ANI that the clip tweeted by Zubair is a “heavily edited and selected video” from the debate on Times Now.
However, Zubair said that he was doing his job as a journalist by sharing her comments. “Police must act against these threats,” he said in a tweet. “BUT, that doesn’t retrospectively justify you saying extremely hateful things against religious minorities on live television. If someone is actually triggering hate and violence, it’s you and the channel abetting it, not those reporting on it.”
“The national spokesperson of Narendra Modi’s BJP is inciting communal hatred using derogatory terms for Prophet Mohammed and Muslims on a national news channel. When called out, she is attacking journalists who exposed her. Journalists are being threatened with death,” award winning journalist Rana Ayyub tweeted.