Palak of Comedy Nights arrested, social media explodes against ‘draconian’ section 295 A

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The arrest of famous comedian Kiku Sharda, popularly known as the Palak of Comedy Nights With Kapil has sent social media users into frenzy with prominent voices asking to repeal ‘draconian’ Section 295A of Indian Penal Code.

Palak‘ was arrested for ‘hurting the religious sentiments of the followers of self-claimed godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.’

He has now been sent to 14 days of judicial custody.

Social media users particularly on twitter have registered strong protests against the Section 295 A describing it draconian.

Here’s what the Section 295 A of Indian Penal Code says;

295A. Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs.—Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of 273 [citizens of India], 274 [by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise], insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 4[three years], or with fine, or with both.

The followers of the self-proclaimed godman, who has also recently acted in his own movie MSG, filed a case against the comedian for allegedly mimicking Singh on the Colors TV’s popular show broadcast on 27 December.

Leading the protest has been Tanmany Bhatt of the popular comedy group All India Bakchod.

In a series of tweets, Bhatt said, “Section 295A needs to go. Or modified. Or something. It gives every religious group ammunition to go after anyone.

Number of times ive seen cops go ‘Sir religion ke bare mein kuch bologe toh hum bhi nahi kar sakte hai kuch.‘”

Similar demands are being made by other users too. Here are some examples.

 

 

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