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On Sanatan Dharma remark, Udhayanidhi Stalin, Priyank Kharge booked for ‘hurting religious sentiments’

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The FIR has been registered against the DMK and Congress leaders after complaint by advocates.

An FIR has been registered against Tamil Nadu minister Udhayanidhi Stalin and Karnataka minister Priyank Kharge over the remarks made on the ‘Sanatan Dharma’, alleging them of outraging religious sentiments. Both the DMK and Congress leaders were booked under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different religious groups), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) after complaints from advocates in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur.

The FIR came at the complaint of lawyers Harsh Gupta and Ram Singh Lodhi who highlighted media reports on Stalin’s statement alleging that the politician’s comments had hurt their feelings.

Last week, Stalin Jr criticised the Sanatan Dharma – an endonym frequently used to refer Hinduism – at an event in Tamil Nadu and compared it with diseases like dengue and malaria, and allegedly called for its eradication.

His comments sparked row from political parties, with BJP insisting on the Congress to condemn his remarks. However, the Kharge Jr came forward in support of DMK leader’s remark saying ‘any religion that does not promote equality and does not ensure that you have the dignity of being a human is not a religion, according to me’.

Source – Hindustan Times

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