A case has been registered against actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s brother for allegedly posting an objectionable post about Lord Shiva(Indian God) on Facebook and hurting religious sentiments.
The complaint was reportedly lodged by an activist of Hindu Yuva Vahini after which an FIR was registered against him. However, he has rejected all the charges.
Ayazuddin Siddiqui claimed that a man posted a derogatory photograph on social media featuring Lord Shiva. Following this, Ayazuddin confronted the man about it. He also wrote to the man saying that he should not share posts which could hurt anyone’s religious sentiments.
“A man posted a derogatory pic of Lord Shiva, I confronted him about it & wrote you shouldn’t share posts that can hurt anyone’s religious sentiments. Instead, a case was filed against me. Charges should be investigated” Ayazuddin Siddiqui told news agency ANI.
A man posted derogatory pic of Lord Shiva,I confronted him about it & wrote you shouldn’t share posts that can hurt anyone’s religious sentiments. Instead case was filed against me. Charges should be investigated: Ayazuddin Siddiqui, brother of Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui pic.twitter.com/faPvMUQDwY
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) June 11, 2018
The First Investigation Report was filed by one Bharat Thakur, who is reportedly an activist of Hindu Yuva Vahini in Muzzaffarnagar.
Ayazuddin was booked under 153A of the IPC (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth).
The complainant demanded strict action against Ayazuddin to show people “that it is not easy to offend Hindus and it will fetch a deserving punishment of one dares to go down that road,” the report further added.
Here is what Hariram Yadav Deputy Superintendent of Police in Muzaffarnagar told The Hindu.
The police also added that Ayazuddin had “no intention of hurting anyone.” “He wrote something to the effect that condemned the offensive post but while writing it he also copy pasted the offensive picture which is the reason behind the HYV’s anger and complaint,” Hariram Yadav Deputy Superintendent of Police in Muzaffarnagar told The Hindu.
In 2016, Ayazuddin’s brother and critically-acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui had to pull out of a Ramleela programme after members of Shiv Sena raised objection. Shiv Sena didn’t want a Muslim man to play a character in Ram Leela.
Nawazuddin’s family hails from Budhana in Muzaffarnagar district. In 2016, the actor and his brother were forced to pull out of a Ramlila show in his hometown, after Shiv Sena activists opposed it apparently because he was a Muslim. The party’s then youth leader Aditya Thackeray said he spoke to “Nawazuddin Siddiqui ji to convey that the party does not endorse the reason because of which he was prevented from performing at the Ramlila in UP.”