BJP MP Pragya Thakur Booked For Hate Speech in Shivamogga

The FIR against Thakur was registered based on a complaint by Shivamogga District Congress Committee President HS Sundaresh.

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A first information report was registered against Bharatiya Janata Party MP Pragya Thakur on Wednesday in Karnataka for urging Hindus to keep weapons at home, PTI reported. She had made the remarks while addressing the Hindu Jagarana Vedike’s South Region annual convention in Shivamogga on December 25.

“Keep weapons in your homes, if nothing else, at least keep knives used to cut vegetables sharp,” Thakur said in a video widely shared on social media. “Don’t know what situation will arise when…Everyone has the right to protect themselves. If someone infiltrates our house and attacks us, giving them a befitting reply is our right.”

The FIR against Thakur was registered based on a complaint by Shivamogga District Congress Committee President HS Sundaresh.

Thakur has been booked under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, and race) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code, reported PTI.

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During Sunday’s event, Thakur had said that Hindus should teach their own culture to their children, reported The Hindu. “Stop sending your children to missionaries,” Thakur had said. “If you do so, you will be opening old-age homes for yourselves. Your children will become selfish and will not take care of you.”

The Lok Sabha MP had also urged Hindus to protect their girls from “love jihad” – a debunked Hindutva idea that Muslim men romantically lure Hindu women to have them converted to Islam. “Even if they [Muslims] love they do jihad in that,” Thakur alleged. “Answer those involved in love jihad in the same style. Protect your girls, teach them the right values.”

Trinamul spokesperson Saket Gokhale and political analyst Tehseen Poonawalla have slammed Karnataka police for summoning them over their email complaints against BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur for her hate speech in which she urged Hindus to keep their kitchen knives ready to retaliate against those who engage in “love jihad”.

In his written response to the police summons to appear before an inspector in Shimoga on Wednesday, Gokhale warned that he would move the Supreme Court naming the officer and the district superintendent of police as respondents for failing to register an FIR citing frivolous reasons.

The police have said they are unable to lodge an FIR against Pragya for want of a written complaint.

While Poonawalla lodged his complaint on Monday, Gokhale filed his plaint on Tuesday. But the inspector of Kote police station in Shimoga issued notices asking them to appear before him at 11am on Wednesday for verification.

Poonawalla has authorised district Congress president H.S. Sundaresh to appear before the inspector on his behalf since it was too short a notice for him to make the trip from Pune where he is based.

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