Communal Remarks: Court Directs Police Registration of FIR against Sadhvi Deva Thakur



Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Thursday directed Jammu and Kashmir Police to lodge a formal FIR against Hindu Mahasabha leader Sadhvi Deva Thakur for her communal remarks against the minorities living in India.

Former leader of socio-religious organization Jamiat Ahilhadees (JAH) in April this year had registered a criminal complaint in police station Saddar against Hindu fundamentalist Sadhvi Deva Thakur for her communal and biased remarks against Indian Muslims.

The leader of Hindu Mahasabha Sadhvi Thakur during her speech in Haryana in April this year had said that Muslims and Christians should be forcibly sterilized. She had said that the population of Muslims and Christians is growing day by day in India and to rein in this, Centre will have to impose emergency and Muslims and Christians will have to be forced to undergo sterilization so that they can’t increase their numbers. She had also said that idols of Hindu gods and goddesses should be placed in Mosques and Churches.

Former General Secretary JAH Abdul Rehman Bhat according to CNS had lodged a criminal complaint against these remarks and had asked police to register a case against Sadhvi under section 153A, 295A and 120B CrPc and prosecute and punish the accused without any delay.

However, even after filing that criminal complaint, the police did not register a case against the Hindu leader as a result Bhat approached the court. On Thursday, after hearing the arguments from the councils of petitioner Advocate Muhammad Ashraf Bhat and Advocate Muhammad Sultan, the Chief Judicial Magistrate stated that the allegations levelled by the complainant against the Hindu leader may have different spectrum and consequences. The CJM directed Station House Officer Saddar to lodge an FIR against the accused under relevant provisions and proceed further under law. The court also directed the police to file a compliance report on or before June 15 this month.

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