MP minister to write to Twitter to check messages hurting religious sentiments
Taking a serious note of the depiction of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in an alleged derogatory manner by some people, Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra on Thursday said that he will write a letter to Twitter to check tweets aimed at hurting religious sentiments of people.
Mishra told reporters that the MP government will also write to the Centre to issue a lookout circular against Canada-based film-maker Leena Manimekalai, who had tweeted a controversial poster of her documentary film "Kaali", which showed the Goddess smoking and holding an LGBTQ flag.
Earlier on Wednesday, separate FIRs were registered in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra and Canada-based film-maker Leena Manimekalai for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.
A First Information Report was registered in Bhopal against Moitra over her remark about Goddess Kali, whereas two FIRs were registered against Manimekalai in the state capital and Ratlam.
Speaking to reporters at his residence here on Thursday, Mishra said, “Twitter should check tweets posted by people having perverted mentality, like the 'Kaali' film director, Leena Manimekalai, who posts a photo of Kaali smoking beedi, or that of (Lord) Shankarji, and using Twitter as a tool and hurting religious sentiments of the people..it should stop such messages at its own level by screening them.”
"I am going to write a letter to Twitter on the issue,” said Mishra, who is also the state government's spokesperson. The minister said they will also write to the central government to issue a lookout circular against Manimekalai "as whatever she is doing appears to be deliberate".
Moitra, at a conclave, in response to the row over the "Kaali" poster, had said she has every right as an individual to imagine Goddess Kali as a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting deity, as each person had his or her unique way of offering prayers.
Mumbai on Tuesday received its heaviest rainfall in three weeks over the course of the night, with the India Meteorological Department's weather station in Santacruz recording 123.6mm of rain in the last 24 hours. The IMD's weather station in Colaba, meanwhile, received just 55mm of rain, due to the formation of a vortex in the Arabian Sea that drew rainfall over north and central parts of the city more than south Mumbai.
Uttar Pradesh police on Tuesday arrested Noida-based politician Shrikant Tyagi accused of abusing a woman resident at a housing society in the city. Tyagi was reportedly apprehended in Meerut and is being taken back to Noida. Until he went underground Friday night, Tyagi claimed he was associated with the the Bharatiya Janata Party, even as the ruling party denied any links with him. The Opposition meanwhile mounted attack on the BJP over the issue.
Officials at the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru had a major scare after crew members found a note in a flight's lavatory that warned a bomb had been planted. The plane, from a private carrier, took off from Jaipur and arrived in Bengaluru on Sunday night. A report on The Times of India said the note was written in Hindi with blue ink and read: “Don't land. There is a bomb on this plane.”
Police arrested a 32-year-old woman early on Monday morning for allegedly murdering Priti Sharma who lived with her partner Firoz Salmani (23)'s live-in partner at a flat in Tulsi Niketan. She was apprehended while trying to dispose the body in a trolley bag at around 2am, police said. The woman has been identified as Priti Sharma who lived with her partner Firoz Salmani (23). Firoz was a native of Sambhal district in Uttar Pradesh and worked at a saloon in Delhi.
As the Shrikant Tyagi case grabs national attention, Noida residents spoke out about rampant encroachment in almost every society and sector in the city. Residents' welfare associations (RWAs) and residents have alleged that the Noida authority hardly ever acts against violators despite receiving complaints. According to Inna Jolly Khanduja, resident, Sector 29, a religious icon was placed in the common park area few days ago in the sector.