Uttar Pradesh Police has booked two boys in Aligarh, who had allegedly been heard discussing “conversion to Islam” in a video that went viral, under a non-bailable section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for “promoting enmity between classes”. A probe later found that both the boys were not only minors but also Hindu!
Their families, shocked at the FIR against them, said the boys were students of class 12 and were engaged in a “friendly debate” and “someone complained unnecessarily”.
Studying the video, it seems to Sirf News that the boy on the bicycle was not talking in the first person but relaying what he had heard a tablighi (one who converts people to Islam) say.
The FIR was registered against the boys, based on the video, under Section 505 (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill will between classes) of the IPC, a non-bailable section, at the Sasni Gate police station on Monday. The case was filed after the video went viral and a local BJP member approached the police.
In his complaint, Ram Gopal said, “I have seen a video in which one boy is threatening Hindus and asking them to convert to Islam. The video has created anger among people and the content can create religious enmity.”
In the video, a masked boy on his bicycle sounds like a Muslim while another talks like a Hindu. Police probe later found that the boys in the video were both minors. “They belong to the same community,” said circle officer Raghvendra Kumar. He said that they were not arrested as they were minors and “legal proceedings are on in the matter”.
In his complaint, BJP leader Ram Gopal had said, “I have seen a video in which one boy is threatening Hindus and asking them to convert to Islam. The video has created anger among people and the content can create religious enmity.”
Families of the two boys said they were taken aback by how quickly the matter had escalated. An uncle of one of the boys, a BJP worker from Hathras, said it was “a friendly debate” between them that was misinterpreted. “They were returning from their coaching classes and were discussing things. We will approach the police as the boys didn’t mean any harm,” said the relative.