A social activist has written to the commissioner of police of Navi Mumbai to take action against writer and columnist Shobhaa De over her tweet about purportedly eating beef.
De had reportedly tweeted on October 1: “I just ate beef. Come and murder me.”
I just ate beef. Come and murder me.— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) October 1, 2015
Activist Vishnu Gawli, who made the complaint, said: “Beef has become a very sensitive issue and we revere cow as a goddess. There have been incidents of violence in the country and such statements during these times will only add fuel to fire.”
He added, “Maharashtra has banned the slaughter and consumption of cow and yet such statements are being made. This will only increase hatred amongst the people.”
Gawli said he had written to the police commissioner to inquire into De’s statement and to take “strict action”. He said, “We cannot allow the law and order situation to be disturbed through such irresponsible statements.”
The slaughter of cows and eating beef has been the subject of debate since a mob lynched 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq in Bisada village of Uttar Pradesh on September 28.
The incident was followed by demands by groups allied to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for the strict enforcement of laws banning the slaughter of cows. The eating of beef is banned in a majority of states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said incidents such as the Bisada lynching “cause sadness and are unwanted”. He added that the BJP has never supported such incidents.