FIR lodged against Bollywood celebrities for hurting Christian sentiments

Christmas in India witnessed protests against the mockery of a Biblical term

Entertainment Desk December 27, 2019

In a recent turn of events, Amritsar police booked Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon, director-choreographer Farah Khan and comedian Bharti Singh for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of the Christian community in a television show.

Police sources claimed that the three actors allegedly said something questionable during Farah Khan's YouTube comedy show Backbenchers, which did not go down well with some members of the Christian community in the state. The community protested on Christmas in Anjala near Amritsar after which a case was registered by the police, reported The New Indian Express.

The case was registered on Wednesday on the basis of a complaint filed by the president of the Christian Samaj Front, Sonu Jafar and the general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC).

The complaint included a video in which he alleged that when the entire world was celebrating Christmas, these three Bollywood celebrities made a mockery of the pious word 'Hallelujah' (word of praise to God).

After the three were accused and booked, Tandon provided a clarification on her Twitter.

She offered an apology but added that, “Please do watch this link. I haven’t said a word that can be interpreted as an insult to any religion. The three of us (Farah Khan, Bharti Singh and I) never intended to offend anyone, but in case we did, my most sincere apologies to those who were hurt.”.

The actor attached the video clip from the said episode of Khan’s show Back Benchers. The video clip showed Khan acting as the teacher as she asked Tandon and Singh to spell the word ‘hallelujah’.

However, the video has been removed from the link she provided, while only short clippings of the episode are available on Youtube. While Khan and Singh are yet to comment on the matter.

Jafar had received the video from Dhariwal Sonu Stephan, in which they (Tandon, Khan and Singh) were allegedly seen “making fun” of the word from the Bible. "This has hurt the sentiments of the Christian community and we sought stringent action against them," said Jafar.

The complainant also alleged that "the religious sentiments of Christians have been hurt.".

An FIR was registered at the Ajnala police station under section 295-A of the IPC (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs).

According to The Indian Express, Amritsar Rural SSP, Vikram Jeet Duggal said, "We have registered a case against the three and further investigations are being held."

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Bunny Rabbit | 4 years ago | Reply Uff I have had enough of these stars and their publicity stunts .
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