A 19-year-old B.Com student, recently arrested for sharing an offensive social media post, has been granted bail by a local court on one condition: that she donate five copies of the Quran to separate institutions in the city.
Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Manish Kumar Singh, while granting conditional bail Monday, asked Richa Bharti to submit one copy of the Quran to the local Anjuman Committee in the presence of police authorities, and four more copies to different libraries in the city, said her lawyer, Pravesh Singh.
He told reporters, “She will then have to submit receipts to the court within 15 days.” Bharti was arrested on July 12 after the Anjuman Committee filed a complaint against her at the Pithora police station for sharing an objectionable post on Facebook, which allegedly hurt religious sentiments.
The judge has also directed the investigating officer in the case to be present when Bharti donates the Quran to the committee, said sources.
While the Anjuman Committee welcomed the order, Bharti told PTI: “I respect the court’s verdict. I have done nothing wrong… will consult my family and lawyer if I can move the High Court.”