In the pic: Lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan
Ink hurled at Prashant Bhushan’s house after his ‘offensive’ comment on Lord Krishna. By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:April 3, 2017
Around 7-8 people came outside his house seeking apology from hushan for his 'insulting' comments on the deity.
(Note: Freedom of expression is indispensible mark of a democratic society. French Philosopher Voltaire’s statement is pointed to, as the ideal to be followed. In substance he said: “I will go to death to defend your right to express your views, even when I may not agree one bit of it.”
That gives one the right to going to the point of hurting another’s sentiments, not intentionally of course. Even so each one of us should be ready to get hurt by the views differing from ours. That demands sportsmanship. In every sport, as in foot-ball, players are likely to get hurt when every one is dashing for the ball. That is part of the game. That law should be allowed to prevail even in our public discourse on current affairs. james kottoor, editor)
A group of unidentified persons on Monday hurled ink at the house of Prashant Bhushan in Sector 14, Noida, a day after the prominent lawyer-activist sparked a controversy by describing Lord Krishna as a “legendary eve-teaser” while weighing in on the Uttar Pradesh government’s Anti-Romeo squads.
“Romeo loved just one lady,while Krishna was a legendary Eve teaser.Would Adityanath have the guts to call his vigilantes AntiKrishna squads?,” Bhushan had written on Twitter.
His comments came in light of the recent video footages which showcased innocent men and couples being subjected to harsh treatment instead of actually cracking down on those who stalk and molest women.
According to a report in the Hindustan Times, the Swaraj India founder was not at home when the incident took place. The report also said that 7-8 people came outside his house seeking apology from Bhushan for his ‘insulting’ comments on the deity. They threw ink on the name plate of the lawyer’s house which bears the name of his father Shanti Bhushan before they fled.
Bhushan returned home an hour after the incident took place. A PCR van immediately reached the spot after his domestic workers called the police. However, no case has been filed by the Noida police so far. Subsequently, members of BJP Youth Morcha protested outside Bhushan’s house and sought an apology from him for hurting the ‘religious sentiments’ of the Hindus.
Earlier on Sunday, BJP Delhi spokesperson Tajinder Bagga had registered a police complaint against Bhushan for ‘insulting and outraging the religious sentiments of Hindus’.
Clarifying his position, Bhushan had also said that his stand had been ‘distorted’. “My position is: By the logic of Romeo Brigade, even Lord Krishna would look like eve teaser,” he tweeted.
Insisting that he didn’t intend to hurt religious sentiments,” the activist had said, “We have grown up with legends of young Krishna teasing Gopis. The logic of Romeo squad would criminalise this. Didnt intend to hunt sentiments.”