Delhi Police FIRs against hate speeches are insincere and intended to help criminals

Popular Front of India Chairman O M A Salam stated that the Delhi Police FIRs against hate speeches are insincere and intended to help the criminals through a balancing act.

He added that it is a failure of the police and government that Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal are still remaining scot-free, even after weeks since their derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammed sparked international outrage. It is clear that the ruling party BJP has no intention of any meaningful legal action against them. It is to be noted that the party initially threw its weight behind both the spokespersons and only expelled them when their actions invited consequences nationally and internationally.

Now the media reports are coming that, along with Sharma and Jindal, Delhi police have filed FIRs against over 30 others, including, Peace Party Leader Shadab Chauhan, AIMIM President Asaduddhin Owaisi, and Journalist Saba Naqvi. While the present issue is all about BJP national leaders insulting the Prophet of Islam, rather than addressing the real issue, these FIRs are basically equating the actions of the hate speakers with that of those who demand action against it. Rather than controlling the hate speakers, the intention behind the FIRs is to hush up the issue and prevent people from speaking against it.

Popular Front cautions authorities that these kinds of balancing acts would only make things worse. Protests will continue until effective measures are taken against the criminals who dishonored both our nation and billions of Muslims across the world.

Director, Media & PR,
Popular Front Headquarters, New Delhi.