Case booked against a Goa professor for promoting hateful thoughts on Mangalsutra
Case booked against a Goa professor for promoting hateful thoughts on Mangalsutra

A Goa-based professor on her facebook post compared mangalsutra to a dog chain was booked  under 295-A. The FIR was lodged against Shilpa Singh, assistant professor at VM Salgaocar College of Law. Rajiv Jha, of the Rashtriya Hindu Yuva Vahini filed a complaint in Panaji Town police station. The sources said Singh has also filed a complaint against Jha for repeated 'threats'. 

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Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student's wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had approached Singh's college against her posts which promoted 'hateful thoughts'. IPC Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings) was booked on Singh and Jha, a Ponda resident, has been booked under 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (insulting modesty of a woman). After the outroar, singh posted a separate facebook post on regretting the hurt caused.  

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"At the outset, I wish to express my regret to my fellow women if any of my Facebook posts have caused them hurt and offended them. I am aware that one of my Facebook posts was in the eye of the storm due to my personal views on mangalsutra and burqa and it was taken totally out of context. Since my childhood, I have been curious about questions why we have exclusive marital status symbols for women and not for the men in various cultures practices. It is depressing to see that a false opinion has been created about myself by my detractors – that I am an ‘anti-religion’ or a run-of-the-mill ‘god-hating atheist’. This is far from the truth… I see myself as an intellectual and for me, my criticism of a set of practices and dogma has little to do with my disdain or irreverence for religion or religious believers but more to do with the inherent symbolism they represent in political and civil society of our country historically," she said in the post,sources cited.

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