Fresh Sedition Case Against Kanhaiya

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Meerut: There are more legal troubles in the offing for Jawaharlal University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is currently out on interim bail. A Bajrang Dal activist from Bulanadshahr has filed a fresh case of sedition against Kumar for allegedly disrespecting the Indian armed forces. The court on Friday evening set March 28 as the first date of the hearing.

Hemant Singh, the right-wing activist who filed the plea, told TOI, “On International Women’s Day, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar made some highly insensitive remarks against the brave soldiers of the Indian Army. In an attempt to vilify the forces, he claimed that our soldiers rape women and commit atrocities in Kashmir and the North East. To protest against this anti-national statement by Kumar, we had gone to the Bulandshahr police station to file a complaint against him. However, the cops refused to even take our complaint. We had no option but to go to the court.”

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He added saying, “On Friday, we approached the court of the chief judicial magistrate of Bulandshahr. The CJM was not present but additional CJM Bharat Singh Yadav was present. We filed our case under section 124-A (sedition) and 153-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The court has asked me to be present on March 28 and my statement will be recorded. In addition to that, I have also submitted video clips from television channels of Kanhaiya Kumar making all those false claims.”

Addressing students at a women’s day march earlier this month, Kumar had said, “No matter how much you try to stop us, we will speak up against human rights violations. We will raise our voice against AFSPA. While we have a lot of respect for our soldiers, we will still talk about the fact that in Kashmir women are raped by security personnel.”

He then added saying, “During war in Rwanda 1000 women were raped. In Africa during the ethnic conflict, when military attacks other group firstly their women were raped. You take example of Gujarat, women were not just killed but were raped first.”

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