Rohit Chanda, the Agitation Incharge of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Silchar Unit, lodged an FIR on Saturday (8th August, 2020), against an assistant professor of the English Department of Assam University, Anindya Sen for allegedly “making derogatory remarks against Shri Ramchandra and hurting religious sentiments”.
The First Information Report (FIR) states that Assistant Professor Anindya Sen “made derogatory remarks against Prabhu Ramchandra on social media. He also continuously posts such abusive posts defaming Hindu Dharma and also abuses constitutional posts like Prime Minister and Home Minister of the country.” The FIR added, “By making such remarks, a professor who has a decent number of followers in the university and as well as in the society, is trying to incite communal disturbance and provoking society for religious riots.”
A case has been registered against the assistant professor under section 295A, 294 and 501 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Section 295A of Indian Penal Code: Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of citizens of India, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.
Section 294 of Indian Penal Code: Whoever, to the annoyance of others—
(a) does any obscene act in any public place, or
(b) sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.
Section 501 of Indian Penal Code: Whoever prints or engraves any matter, knowing or having good reason to believe that such matter is defamatory of any person, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.
Rohit Chanda, the Agitation Incharge of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, in a conversation with Cachar Chronicles stated, “It has become extremely easy to deliver comments against a religion now-a-days. Few months back, we witnessed a similar incident, when an assistant professor of Gurucharan College did the same. Such actions may lead to communal tensions and riots. It is never expected from such educated professors who influence a large number of students.”
A similar incident was witnessed few months back, when an assistant professor of Gurucharan College, allegedly made derogatory remarks against a particular group of religion. In addition, as soon as the Bhumi Pujan of Ram Mandir was completed, various controversial statements had gone online on different social media handles. Cachar Chronicles urges the society to maintain peace which it believes, will lead to prosperity.