Hijab row: Why Kannada actor Chetan Kumar has been arrested

Published on Feb 23, 2022 07:45 AM IST

Karnataka hijab row: Kannada actor Chetan Kumar's wife Megha claimed police detained Chetan without informing his family members. 

Kannada actor Chetan Kumar Ahimsa has been arrested for a tweet criticising Justice Krishna Dixit. 
Kannada actor Chetan Kumar Ahimsa has been arrested for a tweet criticising Justice Krishna Dixit. 
By | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

Kannada actor and activist Chatan Kumar, also known as Chetan Kumar Ahimsa, has been arrested amid the ongoing hijab row in Karnataka allegedly for his objectionable tweet against a high court judge who is hearing the hijab case. "Kannada film actor and activist Chetan Ahimsa has been arrested by Bengaluru City Police. An on-its-own FIR was registered on Tuesday and under 505(2) and 504 of the IPC. Based on the tweet, the FIR was registered in Sheshadripuram Police Station," MN Anucheth, the Deputy Commissioner of Police of Central Division said.

The tweet in question is a retweet of his own old tweet about Justice Krishna Dixit regarding a rape case. The old tweet of the actor posted on June 27, 2020 said, "This week KA (Karnataka) High Court Justice Krishna Dixit granted (granted) pre-arrest bail to rape-accused Rakesh B claiming ‘it is unbecoming of indian woman to sleep after rape; that is not way women react when they are ravished.’ What’s ‘unbecoming’ is 21st c (century) misogyny of this judiciary Dixit fossil."

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Screenshot of Chetan Kumar's February 16 tweet.
Screenshot of Chetan Kumar's February 16 tweet.

As the hijab row hearing is going on, ChetFebruary 16 replugged his old tweet and wrote, "This is a tweet I wrote nearly two years ago regarding a Karnataka High Court decision. Justice Krishna Dixit made such disturbing comments in a rape case. Now this same judge is determining whether #hijabs are acceptable or not in govt schools. Does he have the clarity required?”

Chetan's wife Megha conducted a Facebook live on February 22 evening after Chetan's arrest and said no one informed the family about the arrest or the reason. She said she has filed a complaint with the Bengaluru Police Commissioner seeking information regarding Chetan's arrest.

The actor has been regularly tweeting his opinion on the ongoing hijab row. In favour of keeping all religious symbols outside the educational institutes, the actor said schools must ban kumkuma as well as it is a Hindu religious symbol, defined in many Hindu texts and by Shankaracharya.

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