A 25-year-old Egyptian aboard a Kuwaiti flagship vessel was arrested on Friday for allegedly inviting ‘people practising Hinduism to convert to a better religion called Islam.’
Karim Nabil Abd Al Rehman, an engineer, had allegedly distributed pamphlets to porters and provisions supply agents who came aboard the ship, Al Mircab, which was docked at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
“The accused is of the third officer rank. The booklet had hurt religious sentiments of those who read them. Everyone who entered the ship was given the booklet,” said Purushottam Karad, deputy commissioner of police (Headquarters).
There were approximately 35 crewmembers on the ship. “The vessel had come to India from Karachi port. It was in Dubai on November 5,” added Karad.
The Navi Mumbai police booked Rehman under article 295A of the Indian Penal Code for ‘deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.’ If found guilty, he could be imprisoned for up to three years or fined or both.