Ridiculing Hindu Gods is an offence, says Madras HC

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by G Shaheed

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Madras HC. Photo: PTI

Ridiculing, passing outrageous comments against Hindu Gods is a criminal Offence under Indian Penal Code, observed Madras High Court.

In last July the Kanyakumari police registered a case against a Christian priest George Punnuswamy for wounding the religious sentiments of Hindus. FIR was lodged against him as per the IPC. He challenged the police action as illegal but the Madras HC turned it down.

The court said that he had made disparaging remarks against Bharath Mata and Bhumi Devi. It amounted to wounding the sentiments of Hindus because both as per Hindu concepts are Gods.

So the remarks of the priest amount to an offence under IPC.

The police cannot be faulted for registering a case, the Court said.

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