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Delhi: Hindu College prof booked for post on Shivling, he says ‘religious feelings get hurt over everything’

According to the police, professor Ratan Lal allegedly posted a photo of the structure and made objectionable comments on Tuesday.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 19, 2022 1:47:14 am
The Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi. In the foreground is the shikhar of the Kashi Vishwanath temple. (Renuka Puri/Archive)

An assistant professor from Delhi University’s Hindu College has been booked for an allegedly objectionable social media post referring to claims of a Shivling being found at the Gyanvapi mosque, police said on Wednesday. According to the police, professor Ratan Lal allegedly posted a photo of the structure and made objectionable comments on Tuesday.

A case has been registered against him under IPC section 295-A (malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings).

After his social media post went viral, Lal posted a video saying he was being threatened by many users online, and asked police for “security” and help.

He told The Indian Express: “I have not yet received any notice from the police, but if I do, I will cooperate with them. I was not expecting threats and abuses for this statement. There is a long tradition of critique in Hinduism from Phule, Ravidas and Ambedkar. Here, I haven’t even critiqued it, it is just an observation. In our country, religious feelings get hurt over anything. What will people do, just put ­patti on their mouths?”

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Police said an FIR was registered at Cyber Police Station late at Tuesday night.

The Supreme Court Tuesday had asked the Varanasi district magistrate to secure the area where a Shivling was claimed to have been found in the Gyanvapi Mosque during a videographic survey of the mosque area without impeding or restricting the rights of Muslims to access and offer namaz at the mosque.

Hearing a petition by five Hindu women seeking access to pray at “a shrine behind the western wall of the mosque complex”, the Varanasi court, on April 8, appointed Advocate Commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra to carry out an inspection of the site, “prepare videography of the action” and submit a report. The mosque committee challenged this before the Allahabad High Court which dismissed the plea on April 21. The committee then approached the Supreme Court.

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