• FIR Filed Against Journalist Rana Ayyub for her ‘Hindu terrorists’ Remarks

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    In his complaint, Ashwath stated that in an interview with the BBC, Rana Ayyub termed anti-hijab protesters in Karnataka as “Hindu terrorists.”

    Digital Desk: An FIR was filed against journalist Rana Ayyub for her alleged statement to anti-hijab protestors as “Hindu terrorists” during a television interview. After a complaint was registered by Ashwath, a volunteer of the Hindu IT Cell, an FIR was filed under section 295 A (acts intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code in Dharwad district, Karnataka.   In his complaint, Ashwath stated that in an interview with the BBC, Rana Ayyub termed anti-hijab protesters in Karnataka as “Hindu terrorists.” Rana Ayyub is quoted as saying in the complaint, “These girls have been wearing the hijab for a long time, so why has this group of young students, young terrorists for that matter, who are hoisting a saffron flag in an educational complex in Karnataka, why are male students holding a saffron flag in an educational institution, what does that mean?” Although the complaint was filed on February 21, an FIR was registered on March 4 at the Vidyagiri Police Station in Dharwad. According to the Hindu IT Cell, at least five such complaints were filed against Rana Ayyub for her comments in the video.  reportedly, the video interview described in the lawsuit was released on February 10 by a YouTube account called ‘rana ayyub.’ In the video, Rana Ayyub discusses the recent debate in Karnataka over the imposition of the hijab in educational institutions. Meanwhile, responding to the FIR, Rana Ayyub tweeted, “Another case has been registered against me, in Karnataka, by the same Hindu right-wing group, for hurting Hindu sentiments in my interview on the Hijab ban and the intimidation of Muslim women. To the government and its cronies, THIS WONT STOP ME FROM SPEAKING THE TRUTH.” Earlier, the Hindu IT Cell co-founder registered a police complaint against Rana Ayyub in Uttar Pradesh, accusing her of “illegally obtaining money from the general public in the name of charity.” According to the complaint, Rana Ayyub crowdfunded three relief initiatives on Ketto. An FIR was filed in the case, and Ayyub’s assets worth over Rs 1.77 crore were frozen by the Enforcement Directorate last month. Also Read: India in the list of most dangerous countries for journalists: PEC report

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