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Allahabad University faculty booked over remarks on Hindu deities

October 23, 2023

On Sunday, an assistant professor from Allahabad University found himself facing legal action for allegedly making offensive comments about Lord Ram and Krishna. The move to take action occurred on Sunday evening, prompted by a joint complaint lodged by the Vishva Hindu Parishad, Hindu Jagran Manch, and Bajrang Dal.

In their complaint, these right-wing organizations alleged that Professor Vikram Harijan, who serves as a professor in the Department of Medieval and Modern History, posted derogatory remarks about these deities on a certain platform, referred to as ‘X.’

The First Information Report (FIR) was filed based on a complaint by Shubham, who serves as the district convener of the VHP. Harijan was charged under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, including Section 153-A (related to promoting enmity between different religious groups), Section 295-A (pertaining to deliberate acts meant to outrage religious sentiments), and Section 66 of the IT Act.

In his post on ‘X,’ Professor Vikram Harijan suggested that Lord Ram should face legal action under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and accused Lord Krishna of sexual harassment. These remarks, according to the complainant, angered many students at the university and hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community.

When questioned about the matter, Dr. Vikram Harijan defended himself, stating, “I have written within the boundaries of the Constitution. Lord Ram killed Shambhuk because Shambhuk belonged to the Shudra caste and was teaching the youth.” He also argued that Lord Krishna used to take away women’s clothing, asking if such actions would be tolerated in modern times.

In response to these events, Shubham of the VHP commented, “The Indian Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, but individuals like Vikram Harijan are exploiting it to incite social unrest. They appear to be unaware that the Constitution does not allow comments that may jeopardize the country’s security and public order.”

Source: PTI

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