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Twitter on Lord Ganesh: Goa’s HJS files complaint against Ram Gopal Varma

A file picture of Director Ram Gopal Varma against whom HJS, Goa filed a complaint with the police over his comment on Lord Ganesha in Twitter.

A file picture of Director Ram Gopal Varma against whom HJS, Goa filed a complaint with the police over his comment on Lord Ganesha in Twitter.  

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS), rightwing Hindu outfit on Friday filed a police complaint against film producer and director Ram Gopal Varma at Ponda police station in Central Goa accusing him of insulting Lord Ganesh through his twitter account with an intention to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.

Mr. Surjit Mathur, who filed the complaint on behalf of HJS, has demanded that the police register FIR against Mr. Varma.

The complaint says Mr. Varma, who has been in the limelight in recent times for controversies on Twitter, reportedly put up a series of posts on Twitter about Lord Ganesh, such as: “Lord Ganesh could not save his own head from being severed, and therefore would not be able to save others; Happy Ganpati to morons; What the people were celebrating for: the birth of Ganesha or the day Lord Shiva cut off his head?” He has further questioned the basis of Sree Ganesh’s God status arguing that, the only thing Ganesha did that his brother Kumara did not was getting the head severed from the body. He wanted the devotees of Lord Ganesha to give a list of obstacles the Lord has removed for the followers. His remarks, “How could someone cut off a child's head just because he was protecting his mother's modesty?” have also been objected to.

The HJS police complaint is under Sections 295, 295-A, 298, 505 of IPC and Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act "for hurting of religious sentiments of Hindus on Ganesh Chaturthi day".

The HJS spokesperson, in a press release issued here on Saturday, also condemned Ram Gopal Varma’s statements.

Only recently, another complaint was lodged here with police accusing "misuse of Hindu deities" by activist Teesta Setalvad, depicting Jihadi’s face on Kalimata and a terrorist with Sudarshan Chakra on twitter. Goa police had declined to register FIR stating uploading of the content had not taken place in Goa jurisdiction. Ms. Setalvad had apologised for the content.

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