Police arrested two people in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district for allegedly posting a morphed image of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on social media to ridicule the Sangh’s recent decision to change its uniform.
Khargone superintendent of police Amit Kumar Singh told HT the duo was accused for hurting religious sentiments and posting obscene material electronically.
In the image the face of the RSS chief was combined with a woman’s body wearing tight fitting brown trousers and a white shirt, added Singh.
On the complaint of a saffron outfit activist Rajnish Nimbalkar, the duo was booked under Section 67 of the Information and Technology Act and Section 505(2) of IPC.
The two men identified as an egg seller, 22-year-old Shaqir Yunus Banthia who is a resident of Bhikhangaon area of Khargone, and a 21-year-old college student Wasim Sheikh who is a native of Khargone’s Balakwada area.
A local Khargone court sent them into two weeks judicial custody.
The duo was allegedly mocking the Sangh’s decision to switch from its trademark Khaki shorts to brown trousers, in order to attract young followers and “move with the times”.
The complaint was made following protests outside Bhikhangaon police station by saffron outfits on Wednesday. The protestors alleged that the act was done intentionally to ridicule the change of dress code by the RSS.
While Shaqir had shared the picture on a WhatsApp group of which he was not a group administrator, Wasim had posted the same picture over the Facebook.
Congress leader Parasram Dandir and party workers met Khargone additional SP AS Kanesh on Thursday and questioned the arrests.