Bhopal/New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh police on Wednesday registered a case against Trinamool Congress MP Mohua Moitra for her statements about Goddess Kali. The incident happened after the Kolkata police had registered an FIR against Bharatiya Janata Party’s suspended spokesperson Nupur Sharma and served a lookout notice on her for her objectionable remarks against the Prophet. Earlier, the Chhattisgarh police reached Delhi to arrest a TV anchor for morphing a statement of the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. From the communal and caste-related clashes, the country seems to have entered the era of state versus state fight.
The Bhopal police said they registered a case against Moitra under section 295A (outraging religious sentiments) of the Indian Penal Code. The development came after Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan condemned Moitra’s statement and Home Minister Narottam Mishra said that if the Goddess Kaali’s posters were not removed, the film would be banned. Moitra kicked up a row on Tuesday when she said that she had every right as an individual to imagine Goddess Kali as meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess as each person had his or her unique way of worshipping deities.
Chouhan said that Moitra made the statement without knowing anything about the Hindu religion. Though the copy of the FIR has not been made public, the police confirmed that Moitra was booked.
The Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party also filed two complaints against Moitra.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has come out in defence of Moitra backing her on her comments on goddess Kali. Tharoor said that her intention was not to hurt any body’s sentiment and religion should be left for individual practice. Tharoor in his tweet said, “I am no stranger to malicious manufactured controversy, but am still taken aback by the attack on @MahuaMoitra for saying what every Hindu knows, that our forms of worship vary widely across the country. What devotees offer as bhog says more about them than about the goddess.”
“We have reached a stage where no one can say anything publicly about any aspect of religion without someone claiming to be offended. It’s obvious that @MahuaMoitra wasn’t trying to offend anyone. I urge every1 to lighten up and leave religion to individuals to practice privately,” Tharoor said further. Nevertheless, the Congress has categorically said that party does not approve anyone hurting religious sentiments of others.