Two FIRs filed against Teesta for her ‘inadvertent’ tweet

Social activist tenders apology for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot/ahmedabad | Published:August 24, 2014 2:14 am
VHP supporters burn an effigy of Teesta Setalvad in Bhavnagar on Saturday. ( Source: Express photo ) VHP supporters burn an effigy of Teesta Setalvad in Bhavnagar on Saturday. ( Source: Express photo )

A day after activist Teesta Setalvad allegedly tweeted “objectionable” illustrations of Hindu gods and goddesses, two complaints were filed against her by local Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders in Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad on Saturday. They also burnt her effigy late on Saturday.

Kirit Mistry, joint general secretary of VHP for Saurashtra lodged a complaint with C Division police in Bhavnagar alleging the activist had hurt his religious feelings and sought to disturb the communal harmony. “The pictures on her Twitter account is an attempt to disturb harmony of India and hurts religious sentiments and faith of Hindus,” Mistry stated in his complaint.

Setalvad, however, had deleted the controversial tweet on Friday and sent out an apology in a press statement. Her statement said, “I am travelling and was in a mad rush this morning preparing for a Memorial Lecture I was invited to deliver this afternoon in Kolkata. On receiving the friend’s message, I took a quick glance at the illustration depicting the ISIS’ gruesome beheading of the American journalist. Looking at the visual as a whole, I did think the illustration needed reworking as it may be interpreted differently by different people. However, in the mad rush that I was in, I tweeted the same with my caption, ‘Chilling’.

She added, “The moment I realised that the illustration had created a controversy and had hurt many people, I deleted the tweet and tweeted an immediate apology for having ‘inadvertently’ hurt their feelings.”

Based on the complaint, C Division police have booked Setalvad under IPC Sections 295 (a), 153 (a) and IT Act Section 66 (a and b). Mistry said he was watching news on television in VHP office on Saturday morning when he came to know of the tweets.   When reminded that Setalvad had already tendered apology saying the tweet was inadvertent, Mistry said it was not acceptable to VHP.

“What is the use of tendering apology? We cannot let this pass like this. She has spoken against Hindus thousands of time in the past,” said the VHP leader. Meanwhile, VHP men burnt an effigy of the activist at Shivaji circle in Bhavnagar.

In Ahmedabad, VHP members led by its city chief Raju Patel  lodged an FIR against Setalvad with the Ghatlodia police station. Police inspector AG Gohil said that an FIR has been lodged for inciting religious sentiments.

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    Abhishek Oza
    Aug 25, 2014 at 10:31 am
    However offensive the tweet was, it does not deserve an FIR or arrest. People who are insecure about their will be offended by the tweet. If God is God, then God must not need protection from fanatics filing FIRs. In a democracy, freedom of expression includes freedom to offend. Those who felt offended, have chosen to feel offended.
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    Abhishek Oza
    Aug 25, 2014 at 10:30 am
    Teesta deleted those tweets, not to respect religious sentiments, but to hide her inability to think.
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    Jaywant Nitturkar
    Aug 24, 2014 at 12:26 am
    Teesta is an anti-national and a anti-Hindu bigot who compared Goddess Kali with the barbaric Islamic State Terrorists....with this, she showed both: her sympathy for Jehadi terrorists and her anti-Hindu nature by demeaning Goddess Kali woshipped by most Bengalees.
  4. J
    Aug 24, 2014 at 5:25 am
    her apology is of no value now..this is not the first time for her to do the same..she insulted hindu beliefs hundreds of times.. will she dare to do the same on islam this time..w world would have raised their would have been a international issue..we Hindus..say always patiece..even someone come and taking our heads off..your patience has no value in current day world..HINDU'S open your eyes and mind at the same time.well, we are in a democratic country and everyone has right to express their won view as long as it is not hurting other people..time has come to strict our law and consution...we need to give death penalty to these kind of people..then only there will be fear in the hearts of people before they do some crazy stuff..
  5. J
    Aug 24, 2014 at 5:27 am
    recently i have seen a post in times of india..for one of the foot ball player, they are using lord nataraja image...i dont know what they are thinking ...
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