BJP protest outside Arundhati's residence
A group of BJP women activists on Sunday staged a demonstration outside writer Arundhati Roy's residence in Chanakyapuri area in New Delhi to protest against her views on Kashmir and government not taking action against her.delhi Updated: Oct 31, 2010 16:29 IST
A group of BJP women activists on Sunday staged a demonstration outside writer Arundhati Roy's residence in Chanakyapuri area in New Delhi to protest against her views on Kashmir and government not taking action against her.
Scores of BJP Mahila Morcha activists led by Delhi unit chief Sikha Roy went to the writer's residence and shouted slogans against her for views favouring secession of Kashmir from India, a senior police official said.
However, he said that the police rushed to Roy's residence soon after receiving a call about the protest but did not find any activist.
"We will see the TV footage and find who is behind the protest. As of now, we cannot deny or confirm anybody's involvement," he said.
Senior BJP leader Smriti Irani said that the party activists protested against Roy's views on Kashmir and government's "inaction" in registering a case of sedition against her.
"Roy is making comments against the country where she lives in. Freedom of expression cannot be used as a blank cheque. We want the government to take action against her," Irani said over phone.
At a seminar in the capital on 'Azadi - The Only Way' earlier this month, Roy had said "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this."
She shared the dais with Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani Roy and pro-Maoist intellectual Vara Vara Rao among others. Geelani was heckled by a section of the audience with one of them throwing a shoe.
Though there were calls for booking Roy and others under sedition, Government had decided not to register any case against them saying they did not want to give them undue publicity.
Roy had said she only spoke what "millions of people" in Kashmir say everyday for years. "Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds," she had said.
In another development, a group of Kashmiri Pandits are likely to approach Saket Court tomorrow seeking judiciary's intervention in registering a case against Roy and others for their stand on Kashmir.
"We have decided to approach court tomorrow asking judiciary's intervention in registering a case against Roy and others," said Aditya Raj Kaul, an activist.
"The move comes as police did not take action on a complaint filed by one Sushil Pandit," he claimed.
First Published: Oct 31, 2010 16:26 IST