On May 17, one day after a video of Sadhvi Prachi delivering a hate speech surfaced on social media and went viral, the Vidhyadhar Nagar police station, Jaipur, lodged a case against the serial hate speaker. Reportedly, the said First Information Report (FIR) was filed by Sub-Inspector Madanlal of the concerned Police station. The tickets for the movie show some days earlier on May 14, were booked by Keshav Arora, Ashish Soni and Vijendra. Police have now initiated a probe into the incident. This FIR comes after Sadhvi Prachi, on May 14, had delivered an anti-Muslim hate speech in a cinema hall showcasing ‘The Kerala Story’.
The said video showed Hindu Yuva Vahini extremist Hindu outfit in a cinema hall showcasing ‘The Kerala Story’ with a banner saying that the group was taking women to watch the movie in Rajasthan. Sadhvi Prachi, a known hate monger, was seen and heard addressing the female audience and said, “Beware girls. Now they are just 32%. The situation is so bad that they don’t let Ram Navami processions happen. If they grow beyond 40% (in population), it will become difficult for our (Hindu) daughters to roam on the streets. This is what the movie is showing. You know the situation of Kashmir, there were 5 lakh Hindus. They were the reason (that Hindus had to leave). Tell your neighbours as well about this.”
The video can be viewed here:
Notably, this hate speech by Sadhvi Prachi was delivered at the screening of a controversial movie, which itself has been criticised as containing exaggerated propaganda that not just misconstrues intra-community partnerships (‘Love-Jihad’) but exaggerates the reach and influence of ISIS, a terror group propagating the Islamic State.
Instilling such fear through communally charged hate driven events- hate speeches, trishul distribution event or rallies, yatras and procession- and hate crimes against the religious minorities- cow vigilantism and lynching- are now a regular happening in the state of Rajasthan . Rajasthan has been high on the list of target states of the Hinduvta fringe outfits since the state will have its elections towards the end of this year. The surge in incidents of communal violence and trishul distribution event, where tridents are distributed amongst Hindu men to protect their religion and nation by killing non-Hindus, have caused serious questions on the accountability in governance.
The state is presently governed by the opposition Indian National Congress (INC). This FIR comes as a small yet essential step in ensuring that harmony and law and order is maintained in the state.
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