India Today’s Office Attacked by Shia Muslim Group over Anchor Rohit Sardana’s Comment

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According to a recent report, today a large mass of Shia protesters reached outside the India Today/Aaj Tak’s Bengaluru office shouting slogans, “Band Karo Band Karo, Aaj Tak Band Karo.” They went aggressive in the office and attempted to harm the property. The protesters initially carried a silent march from Masjid-e-Haskari to Aaj Tak’s office. This protest was lead by Anjuman-e-Imamia.

The protestors carried posters  that said, “the group condemned Rohit Sardana’s comment against Bibi Fatima (SA), daughter of the Holy Prophet, the wife of the Holy Prophet and Immaculate Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.

Another Shia group had put out a statement demanding an immediate apology from Rohit Sardana. Sardana in response to the allegations had to tweet an apology. The protesters also demanded the arrest of the TV journalist, saying that his tweets were ‘disrespectful’.

Sardana’s tweets on 16 November triggered an immediate outrage. The tweet came in the recent banning of Film in IFFI, Sexy Durga. Sardana mentioned the name of a few women in Islam and Christianity, including Prophet Muhammad’s wife Ayesha, daughter Fatima and Mary, Jesus Christ’s mother. His tweet meant why was the word ‘sexy’ used only before the name of a Hindu goddess and if the same can be done for the other names also.

Complaints against Rohit Sardana were filed at around six police stations in the city for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. Naya Nagar Police Station at Mira Road invoked IPC sections 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc) and 67 of the ITAct.

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