Kasaragod, May 1: Police have registered a case against VHP leader Sadhvi Sataswathy for making hate speech at a public meeting in Kasaragod, Kerala, on April 27. Sadhvi Sataswathy has been booked under sections 295A,153A and IPC 506. A police officer told The New Indian Express that Section 295A was a non-bailable offence and slapped for alleged deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings. The other charges are of provocation with the intention to cause rioting, and criminal intimidation, the officer said.
Sataswathy heads the Madhya Pradesh-based Sanathan Dharma Prachar Seva Samiti and the complaint against her was filed by a Kasargod resident. In her speech at ‘Virat Hindu convention last Friday, she allegedly called on people to slash the throats of ‘cow slaughterers’ and ‘love jihadis’. She called on Hindu boys to gift swords to their sisters so that they could slash the throats of ‘love jihadis’ who dared to look at them. She said, “Now I would say something which might sound bitter or wrong… You all consider cow as your mother. If your mother is standing at a junction and goons are teasing her, what would you do? But in Kerala, cows are publicly slaughtered in front of your eyes… Those who slaughter cows, they should also be slaughtered in public square.”
Last year, she had courted controversy by saying in Goa, “beef eating is like eating mother’s meat, and therefore, such people should be hanged in a public square and when their bodies are hung publicly, no one will dare to eat beef”. The VHP leader isn’t the only one who has been in the limelight for making hate speeches. According to a recent study, as many as 58 MPs and MLAs have cases against them for making hate speeches.