Kanpur (UP): Police in Kanpur have registered an FIR against the English magazine "The Week" for publishing derogatory images of Hindu deities and hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. This FIR has been registered on the complaint of Prakash Sharma, former state vice president of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Sharma has accused the editor and administrative management of the magazine of hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus.
Enraged over deliberate insults to Lord Shiva and Maa Kali, hundreds of Bajrang Dal activists burnt copies of the magazine at Bada Chauraha in the city on Friday and demonstrated demanding strict action against the magazine's editor and others. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Pramod Kumar has confirmed that a criminal case has been registered under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The Investigating Officer has been directed to properly investigate these allegations and take action accordingly. Sharma told PTI that the magazine has published objectionable photos of Lord Shiva and Maa Kali and intentionally hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus, especially the devotees of Lord Shiva and Maa Kali.
He said that the editor and others responsible for this objectionable act should be dealt with strictly. Sharma said that an objectionable article has been published in the magazine on pages 62 and 63 in which indecent pictures of Lord Shiva and Mother Kali were printed. This has hurt their religious sentiments. He demanded a ban on this magazine. Sharma said this is not the first time someone has published an objectionable picture of Hindu deities or made fun of them, but it has become a trend.