BJP leader convicted of insulting Kashmiri Muslims and ridiculing religious beliefs

SRINAGAR: Police in Jammu and Kashmir have registered an FIR against local BJP leader and former lawmaker Vikram Singh Randhawa for making derogatory remarks against Muslims in Kashmir, hurting their religious feelings and seeking to sow discord between communities.

Meanwhile, the BJP served a show cause notice on its former lawmaker for making an “irresponsible and unwarranted” statement.

The case was registered against Randhawa at the Trikuta Nagar Police Station in Jammu under sections 295-A and 505 (2) of the Indian Penal Code. These provisions of the IPC cover cases relating to “willful and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious sentiments of any class by insulting its religion or religious convictions” and where a person by “words, spoken or written, or by signs or representations “, promotes or attempts to promote a feeling of enmity, hatred or ill will”.

The FIR was recorded based on a viral video in which Randhawa can be seen and heard as saying that Kashmiri students who celebrated India’s loss to Pakistan in the T-20 World Cup match earlier this month are expected to be flayed alive, their admissions and diplomas canceled, and their citizenship and other rights withdrawn. He also says Pakistani blood runs in the veins of Kashmiris and that they should be beaten and skinned alive for it.

“None of them celebrated Pakistan’s victory over another country (Afghanistan). Was their mother dead yesterday (which they kept silent)? It is only a victory against the Kafirs that they are celebrating. These Kaṭhamullās (religious bigots) divorced by cell phone before the Triple Talaq Law was enforced. They should also say namaz on whatsapp. Why do they bend over and occupy public spaces for this? These Kashmiri girls wear burqas while in Jammu, but in the valley they remove their wrappings shouting pro-Pakistan slogans, ”he said.

Randhawa’s “unsavory” remarks sparked widespread indignation in Kashmir among various political, social and religious organizations demanding that action be taken against him in accordance with the law. After the FIR police registered against the BJP leader for attacking a community’s religious feelings and promoting a sense of enmity, some of these parties also called for action under the relevant provisions of the law. against him for seeking to incite violence against Muslims in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, after the BJP Discipline Committee served Randhawa with a show cause notice for his hate speech, its leaders said his remarks were irresponsible and unwarranted. Party sources said proceedings for an old show cause notice issued for similar reasons are still pending against him.