Two persons have been arrested by the Bangalore police for posting obscene comments on the Facebook page of a young woman whose family is embroiled in a bitter feud with the head pontiff of the well known Ramachandrapura Mutt in Karnataka.
The Banashankari police in south Bangalore arrested Sanath Palapaddi a farmer from the Mysore region and Santosh an insurance agent for posting abusive and obscene comments questioning the virtues of the young woman on her Facebook page. The two men were booked under provisions of the Information Technology Act.
The cases over the Facebook comments are the latest in a sordid controversy involving Raghaveshwara Bharati the head seer of the Ramachandrapura Mutt and the family of a singer who was earlier associated with the Mutt. The seer has filed a case of blackmail for property against the family of the singer while the singer’s family has accused the seer of raping the artiste.
The allegations and counter allegations are being investigated at present by the Criminal Investigation Department where sources have described the affairs to be sordid and immoral.
The complaint of rape against the seer was filed by the former singer’s daughter. Since the filing of the complaint the singer’s family has been the target of a salacious campaign questioning their integrity and moralities. The CID has been sent anonymous letters by supporters of the seer questioning the character of the singer’s daughter who lodged the rape complaint. The obscene comments and abuse on the Facebook page of the singer’s daughter are seen as a continuation of the bitter feud involving the seer of the Ramachandrapura Mutt.
This is the second case in Bangalore this year where Facebook comments have resulted in arrests.
In July this year the Chandra Layout police in West Bangalore arrested VR Bhat alias Vishnu R Bhat (45) of Nandini Layout, a newspaper columnist with right wing leanings, for posting comments on the Facebook wall of a woman rationalist saying she should be “raped by rapists’’.
Bhat was reacting to comments by the activist questioning the need for poojas and religious ceremonies while inaugurating government projects. A case was registered against Bhat on July 28 based on a complaint lodged by the activist Prabha N Belavangala. Bhat was arrested on August 2. He was booked for breach of peace and criminal intimidation under Indian Penal Code sections 504, 506, and for posting offensive messages under section 66A of the Information Technology Act. He was subsequently enlarged on bail.