Delhi University professor Ratan Lal arrested for post on Gyanvapi ‘shivling’

A Dalit professor at Delhi University, Ratan Lal, who has been booked for social media post on the claims of a ‘shivling’ being found at the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, arrested Friday night by Delhi Police.

Ratan Lal, an associate professor of history at the Hindu College, has been booked under IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race) and 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings).

After his social media post went viral, Lal had posted a video saying he was being threatened by many users online, and asked police for “security” and help.

Defending his post earlier, Lal had said, “In India, if you speak about anything, someone or the other’s sentiment will be hurt. So this is nothing new. I am a historian and have made several observations. As I wrote them down, I have used very guarded language in my post and still this. I will defend myself.”