The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has filed police complaint against film producer and director Ram Gopal Varma at Ponda police station on 29th August for insulting Lord Ganesh through his twitter account with intention to hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus. Surjit Mathur, on behalf of HJS, has filed this complaint and has demanded to register FIR against Ram Gopal Varma.
On the first day of Ganpati, Varma put up a series of posts on Twitter about Lord Ganesh. Some of the controversial posts are as follows – “Lord Ganesh could not save his own head from being severed, and therefore would not be able to save others; Happy Ganpati to morons.” Yet another Tweet stated, “What the people were celebrating for: the birth of Ganesha or the day Lord Shiva cut off his head?”
He has further questioned the basis of Sree Ganesh’s God status arguing that, the only thing Ganesha did that his brother Kumara did not was getting the head severed from the body. He wanted the devotees of Lord Ganesha to give a list of obstacles the Lord has removed for the followers. He has remarked, “How could someone cut off a child’s head just because he was protecting his mother’s modesty?”
The HJS has lodged police complaint against Ramgopal Varma under Sections 295, 295-A, 298, 505 of IPC and Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act for hurting of religious sentiments of Hindus on Ganesh Chaturthi day.
The HJS has condemned Ram Gopal Varma’s statements. There has been frequent misuse of Hindu deities by celebrities like Teesta Setalvad depicting Jihadi’s face on Kalimata and a terrorist with Sudarshanchakra on twitter recently against which police complaint was also lodged