Advocate Deepika Singh's anticipatory bail plea against FIR over Navaratri tweet in Jammu Court.
28th October, 2020
Today, the Sessions Court of Jammu bench, headed by Justice Sanjeev Gupta heard the matter concerning anticipatory bail of Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat. Earlier in the month, an FIR was filed against her over her tweets on the occasion of Navaratri. The tweets were said to be hurting religious sentiments of Hindus and considered to be Obscene. The case was registered under section 505 (Statements conducting to public mischief), section 294 (Obscene acts) and section 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC. The post consisted of a cartoon image of a man doing ‘Devi Pooja' during the Navaratri festival in one scene and the other the same man forcibly pressing down the legs of the same woman.
Advocate Deepika Singh started in her defence that her objective was to raise voice against the increasing rape and sexual offences against women in India. The image was supposed to highlight the hypocrisy of the Indian society and not harm the sentiments of Hindus. She believes that the tweet became an issue due to BJP's IT Cell 4 and the state Bajrang Dal leader Rakesh Bajrangi, who send her hate threats and death threats, because of which she has also demanded police protection.