Former Tripura Governor files complaint against actor over meme for hurting Hindu sentiments

Tripura, Jan 18: Former Tripura Governor and Bengal BJP leader Tathagata Roy complained actor Saayoni Ghosh for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus through a post on Twitter.

Ms Saayoni Ghosh, You have put a condom on a Shivlinga which we Hindus, including me, hold as holiest of holies! You have thus committed an offence under Section 295A IPC (Deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting … (contd.),” BJP leader wrote on Twitter.

In his complaint filed with the Rabindra Sarobar Police Station on January 16, Roy said, “I am an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and I have travelled to Kailash-Mansarovar in Tibet on foot in 196 to offer puja to him. The enclosed picture has seriously insulted my religious beliefs. This is an offence u/s 25A IPC, among other laws. I, therefore, request you to take cognizance of the offence and initiate appropriate proceedings against the said Saayoni Ghosh.

The complaint was filed moments after the former Tripura governor threatened Ghosh to be prepared for consequences for insulting the religious beliefs of Hindus.

Responding to Tathagata Roy, Saayoni Ghosh said that she was deeply saddened by the “harassment” and that the alleged post was uploaded in 2015 without her knowledge.

The moment I was made aware of that [the post], I heavily criticized it and deleted it immediately after informing the public. I never had any intention to hurt the sentiment of my own religion,” she said.

Terming the tweet in question “obnoxious“, the actor later deleted the post. Ghosh said her account was hacked in 2015 and that she could retrieve it only in 2017.

We have skipped a few unnecessary post while deleting most and I would take strict measure to omit content which hurts the religious sentiment of people beyond repair…I have asked for the link of the post and will delete it the moment we locate it…My religion means a lot to me and so does our unity in trying times,” she tweeted on Saturday.