Madhya Pradesh Police held stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui among five people for making alleged indecent remarks against Hindu deities. Cops say that during a comedy show which was held at a cafe in 56 Dukan area of Indore on Friday, the comedian from Gujarat made obnoxious comments about Hindu deities and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
The police registered the case on a complaint filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur (36), son of BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaur.
Gaur said his aides and he had gone to the show as part of the audience, where Munawar Faruqui made the remarks. They objected to his comments and created ruckus over it. They also forced the event to stop.
“A case was filed late on Friday night against stand- up comedian Munawar Faruqui, a resident of Junagadh in Gujarat, and four Indore-based persons based on a written complaint filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur, who also submitted a controversial video footage of the comedy show,” in-charge of Tukoganj police station Kamlesh Sharma told PTI. “All the five accused were later arrested,” he said.
The case has been filed under IPC Sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), Section 269 (unlawful or negligent act likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) and other relevant provisions.
Getting nasty about Hindu beliefs and gods has turned a mainstay in the stand-up comedy genre, with several comedians drawing the ire of social media users every now and then. While Munawar Faruqui happens to be a Muslim and there are several non-Hindus among the provocateurs, but a few Hindu name-bearing comedians are no different.
In July 2020, a little-known Mumbai-based comedian Agrima Joshua made some flippant comments on Chhatrapati Shivaji, which upset many Hindus, specially Marathas.
Aadar Malik, a nephew of the controversial sexual-harassment accused musician Anwar (Anu) Malik, was last year called out for making fun of Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva.
Kenny Sebastian, with 1.7 million followers on Twitter, not on the good books of the National Commission for Women, is seen in many videos abusing the Hindu belief system.
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