A first information report was filed against Bhojpuri singer Neha Singh Rathore in Bhopal on Friday for a tweet that showed showed a person wearing dress of Hindutva militant group, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, urinating on another person sitting in front of him.
The tweet shared similarities with a recent development in Madhya Pradesh in which a video showed a BJP worker identified as Pravesh Shukla urinating on an Adivasi man was widely shared on social media. Shukla has been arrested following the outrage.
The FIR was lodged by BJP worker Suraj Khare at Habibganj police station in Bhopal.
The folk singer has been accused of creating enmity between the RSS and the tribal community.
“We have registered a case against the Indian Penal Code section 153. We will seek information about the account holder from the Twitter company. Whether the tweet was put up by the account holder itself or any other person, it will be clarified after an investigation,” Habibganj Police Station in-charge Manish Singh Bhadoriya on the case against Rathore said to ANI news agency.
Afterwards, Rathore tweeted: “In Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district, a BJP leader urinated on the head of a tribal man. An FIR has been lodged against me by the media in-charge of BJP’s Scheduled Caste Morcha for criticising this incident. Amazing is their love for tribals.”
She went on to say: “Some people call me an agent of the Congress, some of the SP, and some of the AAP. Whichever party is in opposition in every state, I am with it. When the opposition party comes to power, they will find me opposing them. Whichever party is in opposition at the Centre, I am with it. Governments will change, but I will remain in the opposition. A folk artist should question the government by being on the side of the public. This is his religion. I am with my religion. I am with democracy.”