‘Until Kangana is behind bars’: Sikh body on legal battle over ‘Khalistani’ jibe
Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and a Shiromani Akali Dal official, stated on Wednesday that they will fight against Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut until she is imprisoned for her recent “derogatory” remarks towards Sikhs and farmers. He tweeted a day after filing a FIR against the actor, “We will pursue this battle until she is sent behind bars for propagating hatred against Farmers and Sikhs.”
Amarjeet Singh Sandhu, a Mumbai-based businessman who was part of the Sikh body’s delegation that filed the complaint on Monday, was the person who filed the FIR. The actor has been charged under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (deliberate and malicious conduct intended to offend the sensibilities of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).
The Bollywood actor is facing a barrage of criticism for her recent remarks about India’s freedom movement, in which she stated that the country achieved true freedom in 2014 and that what was handed to it in 1947 was “bheek” (alms). The Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress was the most recent organisation to make a formal complaint against Kangana over her remark.
While the uproar over her ‘bheek’ statements, which the actor has staunchly defended, has yet to die down, she sparked a new scandal when she reacted to the removal of the agricultural restrictions. “Khalistani terrorists may be putting pressure on the government right now…. But don’t forget about one woman….The only woman prime minister ne inn ko apni jooti ke neeche crush kiya tha (the only woman prime minister who crushed them under her shoes)…… No matter how much suffering she caused our country… she crushed them like mosquitoes at the cost of her own life…. Even decades after her death, desh ke tukde nahi hone diye… aaj bhi uske naam se kampte hain yeh…. The actor added, “Inko vaisa he guru chahiye… (they shiver from her name even today…they need such a guru.”