A group of BJP women workers on Sunday staged a demonstration outside writer-activist Arundhati Roys residence in Chanakyapuri in the Capital. The protest was against Roys views on Kashmir and the government not taking action against her. Scores of BJP Mahila Morcha activists,led by Delhi unit chief Shikha Roy,went to the writers residence and shouted slogans against her for views favouring the secession of Kashmir from India,a senior police officer said.
The police rushed to Roys residence soon after receiving a call about the protest but did not find anyone at the spot. We will scan the CCTV footage and find out who is behind the protest. As of now,we cannot deny or confirm anybodys involvement, he said.
BJP leader Smriti Irani said party activists protested against Roys views on Kashmir and the governments inaction in registering a case of sedition against her. The UPA is saving people who challenge the sovereignty of the country. Roy made remarks which outraged the entire nation. Freedom of expression is not a blank cheque which can be used against the democracy, Irani told Newsline over the phone.
At a seminar in the Capital on Azadi The Only Way earlier this month,Roy had said: Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this.
While there were calls for booking Roy and others under sedition,the government decided not to register a case against them,saying they did not want to give them undue publicity.
In another development,a group of Kashmiri Pandits are likely to approach Saket Court on Monday seeking judicial intervention in registering a case against Roy and others. We have decided to approach court tomorrow, said activist Aditya Raj Kaul. The move comes as the police did not take action on a complaint filed by one Sushil Pandit, he claimed.