BENGALURU — K. S. Bhagawan, a retired professor and Kannada writer has been charged for allegedly insulting Lord Ram and Mahatma Gandhi in his recent book, police said on Tuesday, reports PTI.
Mr Bhagawan, who has many books to his credit on Hinduism, Indian culture and history, earlier had courted controversy by making certain references to the Bhagavad Gita that are termed as “offensive” by right-wing organisations, has made unflattering observations about Lord Ram’s character in his book.
The Kannada book “Rama Mandira Yeke Beda” (Why Ram temple is not required) claims Ram was not a God and he suffered from weaknesses just as any other human being.
Right-wing organisations had on Friday staged a demonstration against Mr Bhagawan, accusing him of depicting Lord Ram in poor light in his book and making derogatory references, and a complaint was also lodged by Hindu Jagaran Vedike Mysuru district president K Jagadish Hebbar on Saturday against him for his alleged derogatory references to Lord Ram and Mahatma Gandhi.
The case was filed under IPC Section 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), a police official said.
Defending his work the award-winning author said there is nothing objectionable in it, while asserting that he had written based only on Valmiki’s text.
Angered activists of Hindu outfits had staged a demonstration in front of his house on Friday and courted arrest.
BJP’s Karnataka unit also had targeted Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy over his “silence” on the issue and demanded that the author be arrested immediately.
State senior BJP leader and MLA S Suresh Kumar had said in a Facebook post that the state government had two choices “either it should jail Mr Bhagawan or send him to mental hospital”.
–With PTI inputs