Mumbai police book BJP’s Nupur Sharma for ‘objectionable’ remarks on Prophet

The Mumbai police on Saturday filed an FIR against Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma for “hurting religious sentiments” through her remarks about Prophet Mohammed during a news debate, the Indian Express reported.

The FIR was filed based on a complaint from Irfan Sheikh, joint secretary of the Raza Academy in Mumbai, who claimed he had received a WhatsApp clip of the news debate, following which he registered a police complaint.

Sharma was booked under IPC sections 295A, 153A and 505(2) for making inflammatory comments on the Prophet and his wife were made during a debate on Times Now on the Gyanvapi issue on Friday.

Sharma tweeted screenshots saying that she and her family were getting death threats and blamed Alt News’s Mohammed Zubair for her subsequently receiving “threats” as he had tweeted the video clip.

She also tagged the Delhi police on Twitter following which they replied that someone would get in touch with her soon.

The National Commission for Women also said in a tweet that it had taken cognisance of the threats against Sharma and her family.

Meanwhile, Times Now has distanced itself from the controversial debate on its channel, saying Sharma’s views as expressed on the debate were not “endorsed” by the channel.

“We urge participants on our debates to maintain restraint and not indulge in unparliamentary language against fellow panelists,” said the channel.

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