A complaint has been filed against author and activist Arundhati Roy for her recent controversial speech on the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) during a protest at Delhi University on Wednesday. Pointing out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s December 22 speech at a Delhi rally, Roy said that he “blatantly lied to us about the NRC and the non-existence of detention centres.” She then asked everyone to furnish false names and addresses. So a Supreme Court lawyer filed a complaint on her remarks.

“The above statement is nothing but a deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings of Muslims,” advocate Rajeev Kumar Ranjan said in his complaint. Ranjan has lodged the complaint for offences such as breach of peace, mischief, intent to cause a riot and criminal conspiracy. “I have sought an investigation into the matter and punishment to her so that she learns the lesson and never passes such comments ever again,” added Ranjan.

Key Takeaways:

  • A Supreme Court lawyer, Rajeev Kumar Ranjan on Thursday filed a complaint against the author-activist Arundhati Roy for her remarks on the National Population Register (NPR) during a protest at Delhi University on Wednesday
  • She then asked everyone to furnish false names and addresses
  • Ranjan has lodged the complaint for offences such as breach of peace, mischief, intent to cause a riot and criminal conspiracy
  • “I have sought an investigation into the matter and punishment to her so that she learns the lesson and never passes such comments ever again,” added Ranjan

“What nonsense is Arundhati Roy speaking! It’s one thing to ask people to refuse to participate in the NPR, but to ask them to give out incorrect details is completely wrong. Who does she think she is! We don’t need unsolicited advice from someone who insults our Indian Army,” Congress media panellist Shama Mohamed tweeted condemning Roy’s remark.

At this protest in the Delhi University, Roy spoke against the terms of the NRC which she claimed was against the Muslims of the country. She asked people to give wrong names and addresses to the officials during conducting the survey. “We need to fight it [NPR]. When they visit your home for NPR and ask for your name, give them some different names like Ranga-Billa or Kungfu-Kutta and also give wrong address like 7, Race Course Road [the Prime Minister’s residence]. A lot of subversions will be needed,” the Booker Prize-winning author had said.

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“I said that as a response to those lies we should collectively enter ridiculous information when they came to gather our personal data for the NPR. What I was proposing was civil disobedience with a smile,” she stated.

BJP leader Uma Bharti tweeted: “I am ashamed to take the name of such a woman who idolises people like Ranga-Billa. Her views are not only anti-women, anti-humanity, but also shows a very disgusting mentality.”

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “If this is the kind of intellectuals we have in this country, then first we should get a register of these people… Arundhati Roy should be ashamed of herself. If such statements are not betraying the nation, what is?”

Feature Image Credit: The Economic Times

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