“Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both!” is what the constitution of our nation mentions for its citizens as a governing law in section 295a. Doesn’t it seem like a perfectly crafted one?
Kiku Sharda, who is well known to play the role of Palak, a loud annoying neighbor, in a comedy show has been remanded to 14-days in judicial custody for mimicking Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Gurmeet Singh is an actor, a singer AND a religious leader it seems. He was the lead actor of the film MSG messenger and its sequel. Oh and! His songs are categorized as ‘religious rock’. Great. These leaders have been selling themelves, persuading people into the unnecessary having the innocents’ tied in handcuffs.
Now, all this has been happening under the section 295a of the constitution previously mentioned. This should make us feel the need for a change or at least an amendment which would allow for a better religious tolerance in the nation. This section has been shielding religious groups and giving them weapons to go after anyone. Artists are being threatened and at time the cops have no option but to arrest because of pressure.
A person who has made a caricature of himself, whose movies are a joke anyways, being offended by a joke is absurd. And it is gross injustice done by the Maharashtra government to have put Kiku behind bars for this very reason.