Prayagraj: An assistant professor at Allahabad University has been booked for allegedly making objectionable remarks about Lord Ram and Krishna. The action was taken on Sunday evening following a joint complaint by the Vishva Hindu Parishad, Hindu Jagran Manch, and Bajrang Dal.
Booked under IPC sections 153-A, others
The right-wing groups in their complaint, filed at the Colonelganj Police Station, alleged that Professor Vikram Harijan, a professor at the Department of Medieval and Modern History, made offensive remarks about the deities in a post on X. According to the police, the FIR was lodged at the complaint of one Shubham, a district convener of the VHP.
Professor Harijan was booked under IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on the basis of religion), 295-A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings), and Section 66 of the IT Act.
Here’s what Professor Vikram Harijan said?
Professor Vikram Harijan, in his X post, suggested that Lord Ram should be jailed under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and alleged that Lord Krishna is guilty of sexual harassment. The objectionable remarks made by the Professor were deemed offensive and reportedly angered several students at the university while hurting the sentiments of the Hindu community, as stated by the complainant.
When Dr Vikram Harijan was asked about the matter, he said, “I have written this within the ambit of the Constitution. Lord Ram killed Shambhuk because Shambhuk belonged to the Shudra caste and was teaching the youths.”
He said Lord Krishna used to run away with women’s clothes. “If this happened in today’s time, would any woman have tolerated it?”
VHP’s Shubham said, “The Indian Constitution grants the freedom of speech, but individuals like Vikram Harijan are exploiting it to spread social unrest. They seem unaware that the Constitution does not permit making comments that may endanger the country’s security and public order.”
(With PTI inputs)