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Bajrang Dal’s ultimatum to Munawar Faruqui shows the way to Hindus, but why is that ‘comic’ walking free?

Gujarat tour of ‘comic’ Munawar Faruqui stands cancelled after Bajrang Dal members issued an ultimatum stating they wouldn’t permit Faruqui to perform as he had insulted Godhra victims.

‘Dongri to nowhere’ show of Faruqui

PC: OpIndia

A show titled ‘Dongri to nowhere’ was scheduled to be conducted in Surat, Ahmedabad, and Vadodara on 1, 2, and 3 October respectively. The tickets for these were priced at INR 499 on the BookMyShow app.

However, 2 Jokers entertainment that was organizing the show pulled out from the Surat event, following which Faruqui’s entire Gujarat tour stands cancelled. OpIndia website cites the app that has how closed the show.

PC: OpIndia

The event management company is headed by Parth Brahmbhatt who had initially refused to back off asking the Hindu organizations to take the ‘legal route’. He even stated that Faruqui had been given a ‘clean chit’ by the court with relation to his anti-Hindu ‘comic’ comments.

However, Bajrang Dal’s announcement of reciting Hanuman Chalisa during Faruqui’s show and disrupting the show in case the organizers went ahead with it, appears to have prompted a rethink as Brahmbhatt eventually called off the tour.

Hindu organizations protest against show by Faruqui

Hindu organizations such as Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad had opposed Faruqui’s tour citing his Hinduphobic comments in the name of comedy. They pointed out how Faruqui had hurt Hindu religious sentiments and insulted Hindu devis and devatas during his previous shows.

Hindu organizations warn Faruqui
PC: OpIndia

Bajrang Dal members of Surat were the first to oppose the show while pledging to disrupt the show by sitting in the audience and conducting a show of their own if the organizers didn’t accept their pleas of cancelling Faruqui’s show.

In this regard, OpIndia quotes Bajrang Dal leader Rahul Sharma who said “We want them to cancel the show. If they don’t, we will buy all tickets and sit in the show. We will recite Hanuman Chalisa throughout the entire show and when he comes on stage, throw tomatoes on him. We will garland him with shoe garland too”. Sharma also said that Surat would be a precursor to what was to follow in Vadodara and Ahmedabad.

Faruqui’s tryst with the courts

The Madhya Pradesh High Court (Indore Bench) denied bail application of ‘stand-up comedian’ Munawar Faruqui and co-accused Nalin Yadav in January. The 2 men were arrested along with 3 others – Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas and Priyam Vyas – on 1 January from Indore for denigrating Hindu deities and other offensive content during their stand-up act.

While denying bail, the single bench of Justice Rohit Arya noted in his order:

“The evidence/material collected so far, suggest that in an organized public show under the garb of standup comedy at a public place on commercial line, prima facie; scurrilous, disparaging utterances, outraging religious feelings of a class of citizens of India with deliberate intendment, were made by the applicants…

Learned counsel further submits that the investigating officer has seized the clippings of the incident cutting jokes hurting religious sentiments of Hindu Gods and prepared seizure memos. Six seizure memos have been filed alongwith written submissions marked as R/5; (1) Pen drive containing recording of the comedy show (video footage) from the complainant Eklavya Singh Gaud…

It is not a case of no evidence. Moreso, the investigation is in progress. The possibility of collection of more incriminating material and complicity of other persons cannot also be ruled out. Further, it has come on record that similar nature of offence has been registered against the applicant at Police Station Georgetown, Prayagraj, State of Uttar Pradesh….

There is also a specific assertion by the learned counsel for the complainant that the applicant alongwith other co-accused persons allegedly making outraging filthy jokes in social media deliberately against Hindu Gods, Lord Shriram and Goddess Seeta hurting religious sentiments of Hindus for the last 18 months despite, protest on various social media platforms. There is nothing on record to the contrary.”

Faruqui was, however, granted interim bail in February this year by the SC bench headed by Justice RF Nariman overturning the MP High Court judgement.

A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman noted that the Madhya Pradesh Police ‘flouted’ the top court judgment in Arnesh Kumar versus Bihar of 2014, during Munawar’s arrest. The bench also issued notice to Madhya Pradesh government in the matter as Faruqui’s counsel argued that allegations are ‘vague’.

The bench noted that his arrest did not ‘follow procedure’ under section 41 CrPC. The top court also granted him protection from being arrested by Uttar Pradesh police, which lodged a separate case, by staying the production warrant issued against him.

Hinduphobic comments of Faruqui

‘Stand-up comedian’ Munawar Faruqui has a history of insulting Hindus and Hindu deities. He had mocked the anti-Hindu Godhra genocide and said that it had been ‘scripted’ by Amit Shah and RSS.

As Hindupost had reported earlier, Faruqui has often insulted Hindus by making anti-Hindu comments:

A video clip has of ‘stand-up comedian’ Faruqui making derogatory comments on Hindu deities Bhagwan Ram and Devi Sita in front of a sizeable audience has gone viral on social media. Munawar Faruqui derides the Hindu gods and laces his tawdry comedy with profanities preceding and succeeding the names of Ram and Sita. He also makes unforgivable statements on their divine marriage projecting Sita as an insecure wife suspicious of her husband’s loyalty. 

Munawar Faruqui also makes disturbing commentary about the 2002 Godhra carnage in which 58 Hindus, including many women & children, were charred to death by radical Islamists who set coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express train on fire. He compares the gory act of arson & murder to the movie ‘Burning Train’ and implies that the Godhra train burning was ‘directed by Amit Shah and produced by RSS’. 

In the full video of this act, one can see another grotesque comment made by Faruqui, albeit he claims he made it as a 5-6 year old child and asks the audience ‘not to judge’ him. He claims his father explained the Godhra massacre by saying, “Hindus were burnt alive”, to which he responded, “But they are burnt after death, no.”

That someone is able to make jokes and peddle falsehoods about arguably the most painful anti-Hindu hate crime since Independence, shows how we have allowed degeneracy to flourish under the cloak of secularism and liberalism.

For a long time now Hindus have been taken for granted and Bajrang Dal’s strict warning should act as a guideline for Hindus. Tolerance doesn’t mean on can allow others to degrade Hindu Dharma. As it is, courts are heavily biased against Hindus as is apparent from differential treatments of Hindus and Muslims by courts when granting bail.

In case after case, it has been observed that courts are lenient on Muslim offenders who abuse Hindus and Hindu deities in the vilest manner. Unless Hindus stand up for themselves, their rights would be trampled upon by the entire system in the name of secularism.

(Featured Image Source: The Indian Express)

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