Angry internet users on Friday demanded the arrest of BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Times Now editor Navika Kumar. While Sharma was accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the controversial Times Now anchor faced flak for providing her platform to promote Islamophobia. Hashtag #ArrestNupurSharma has been trending prominently on Twitter since Friday.
A video of Sharma mocking Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during a TV show has gone viral. In the viral video, Sharma was seen addressing a Muslim panellist as she said, “Shall I start making fun of what’s it written in your Quran?”
Navika remained unmoved and felt no need to interrupt the BJP spokesperson even she continued to insult Prophet Muhammad and Islam.
Angry internet users demanded her arrest and strict action against Navika.
@NupurSharmaBJP has abused our Prophet ﷺ
The Honour of Our Prophet is above everything for Us
It’s the duty of 1.8 billion Muslims to defend the honour of ﷺ so that our belief in him is affirmed.
Muslim orgs should initiate action against her & the Channel.#ArrestNupurSharma pic.twitter.com/UlPJPnEgST
— Taha Jaunpuri طہ جون پوری (@TahaJaunpuri_) May 27, 2022
Now Nupur Sharma is playing the victim card. she has blasphemed Prophet SAW and she must be arrested. Also, @navikakumar is equally responsible. If police can take action on Muslims for memes, then Nupur and Navika should be arrested too.#ArrestNupurSharma #ArrestNavikaKumar https://t.co/PbCP6CjuyC
— عادل مغل 🇵🇸 (@MogalAadil) May 27, 2022
— Detective Sherlock (@sherlockk_h) May 28, 2022
Oh, Come-on Navika!
Your low, substandard & toxic journalism always pains 2B Muslims around the world.
— Saif Ul Islam Farooqui سیف الاسلام فاروقی (@SaifUlIslam_i) May 28, 2022
Sharma later tweeted saying that she was receiving death threats. “@CPDelhi please note wholly & solely @zoo_bear is responsible who instead of ‘fact-checking’ peddled a fake-narrative to vitiate the atmosphere, cause communal disharmony & cause communal & targeted hatred against me & my family.”
Navika, who did not react during the TV show when Sharma was making objectionable comments about Islam and Prophet Muhamamd (PBUH), later tweeted in support of the BJP spokesperson as she wrote, “Nobody has the right to threaten anyone. Death threats to @NupurSharmaBJP unacceptable. As a mature democracy debate is essential but crossing the line not ok for anyone.”