A shocking incident came to light from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district where a 24-year-old Dalit man, identified as Abhishek Sargara, was allegedly beaten up by radicals for posting a positive review of ‘The Kerala Story’ on his WhatsApp status. In the status, the man had urged young women to watch the film.
The miscreants also threatened to slit the throat of 24-year-old Abhishek Sargara, who is also a member of VHP. The incident was reported in Jodhpur’s Uday Mandir minutes after Sargara urged women to mandatorily watch Adah Sharma starrer ‘The Kerala Story’.Sargara has identified the three men as Pintu, Aman and Ali who beat him up and threatened him of dire consequences.
After watching the film, Sargara uploaded his WhatsApp status in which he wrote that “‘The Kerala Story’ is a must-watch and all the all the girls should watch the film in order to remain safe from conversions.”
Minutes after it, the group of radicals stopped him when he was on his way to home and asked him about Whatsapp status. They then started beating him.
While giving the information about the crime, Derawar Singh, ACP, Jodhpur said that a FIR has been registered and further probe into the matter is underway. Relevant charges under IPC (Indian Penal Code) have been slapped on the accused.
Locals have been demanding for arrest of all those responsible for beating and threatening the Dalit youth in Jodhpur.
Hitting out at Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan, National Spokesperson of BJP and Member of Parliament from Jaipur, Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “The people of Rajasthan will not tolerate this appeasement politics.” In a video message, Rathore asked, “Has watching a movie become a crime in Rajasthan? Has it become a crime to post film status on WhatsApp?
The film, directed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, was released on 5 May.