Hindutva's Poison: Prosecute the Hate-Mongers

Written by Teesta Setalvad | Published on: January 7, 2016

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Sadhvi Prachi a mendicant from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) fold, nominated by the BJP to a reserved seat, who fought elections (and lost) from the Purkazi (SC seat) in the 2012 Uttar Pradesh state elections has done it again. Notorious now for a string of remarks that would, if law enforcement were to be fair and un-biased, attract sections 153a, 153b, 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 295 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) she has. late yesterday excelled herself. Will she escape the long hands of the law once again?

On January 6, 2016 the web portal www.upuklive.com reported a statement made by her that makes her earlier brazen accounts at hate speech (for which she has just not been prosecuted) pale into insignificance. Dateline Lucknow and the news report in Hindi says that “all Muslim officers in the Indian Army should be investigated.” [1] This is after the Pathankot terror attack.

Through all of 2015, she has made a spate of hate-filled remarks while representing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Originally from the Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP), she has just once drawn “censure” from the organisation she now represents, the BJP, in February 2015 when she made a comment felt to be derisive of Muslims. The BJP president of the state, Laxmikant Bajpayi was reported as having stated that the comment was “uncalled for”.[2]  He had elaborated stating that “Sadhvi Prachi Prachi cannot behave like a Vishwa Hindu Parishad worker while being in the Bharatiya Janata Party. “The BJP does not support such statements. It would be better that Sadhvi Prachi realises that she cannot give a statement on the lines of VHP while being a BJP leader.” Prachi had however remained adamant and defiant.

That the official rap given at the UP-level was not echoed nationally is a matter of record. Since February 2015, Prachi’s hate machinations have gone further, reported extensively by the media. Yet the national leadership of the BJP is silent as the BJP-RSS-VHP combine reap in the ‘obvious’ benefits of the communal stridency. Since the mid-1980s when the Ramjanmabhoomi (read break down Babri Masjid) movement mushroomed and grew, the VHP-RSS public movements have preceded the BJP(‘s), step by step. In and out of the Indian Parliament and state assemblies (UP and Gujarat being the notable states), prominent office bearers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad have, interchangeably been in official and electoral positions of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Communalism Combatonline (www.sabrangindia.in) believes it is time for an informed and consistent campaign against this kind of hate speech. When it is spouted from the mouths of representatives of the ruling party it has more serious consequences, socially, politically and legally. There appears to be a deafening paralysis in law enforcement against any action against it.

We bring you a string of the Sadhvi’s rants to establish the point behind the campaign:
Shah Rukh Khan, Indian Bollywood star earned the Sadhvi’s hate. “By talking about returning the awards, he has committed treason. He should be punished for this. Not only Shah Rukh Khan but all those who have returned awards should be tried for treason. (November 2015)[3] She was obviously on a hate-filled high through the past year: In October 2015, she declared that the “Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) are the dens for the SIMI and Pakistan (agents)” (sic). [4]

Since the mid-1980s when the Ramjanmabhoomi (read break down Babri Masjid) movement mushroomed and grew, the VHP-RSS public movements have preceded the BJP(‘s), step by step. In and out of the Indian Parliament and state assemblies (UP and Gujarat being the notable states), prominent office bearers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad have, interchangeably been in official and electoral positions of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

When the country was jolted after the lynching, to death of Mohammad Akhlaq at Dadri, Uttar Pradesh barely 45 kilometres from the capital, New Delhi, this is what Sadhvi Prachi a BJP leader had to say, “Those who consume beef deserve such actions against them (Dadri lynching, Statement reported on October 4, 2015)[5]

She earned the ire of Indian Parliamentarians in August 2015 when she spouted, “Sadhvi Prachi courts controversy yet again, says there are terrorists in Parliament.” (reported on August 6, 2015).[6] The complaint by Parliamentarians was referred by Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, Hamid Ansari to the Privileges Panel. But what of hate speech against Indian citizens?

In July 2015, she was at it again. “Why are Hindu devotees always under threat during pilgrimages, be it in Amarnath, Vaishno Devi or Puri’s Jagannath Temple? If such attacks happen, I tell you, the Haj yatris will face consequences,” she yelped. (Reported on July 3, 2015)[7]

 It is possible that in the long summer months of 2015 that also coincided with the first anniversary of the Modi government in power, there are few reported mis-utterances. Or it is possible that this is the season for the Sadhvi’s meditation.
Unwind back to April 2015 and she is spewing the special brand of Sadhvi poison again:  
Then she joined in with calling Mahatma Gandhi a British agent[11] In December 2013, three months after the communal carnage in four districts of western Uttar Pradesh (Shamli, Baghpat, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar) Sadhvi Prachi was arrested for making inflammatory speeches. She was then released on bail.[12]

In her affidavit filed before the Election Commission she has proffered an elaborate list of educational qualifications. She states on oath that she graduated from high school, Uttar Pradesh board in 1989, passed the Intermediate, UP Board examinations, 1992; then obtained another qualification from an institute VH Charan Singh Institute Meerut, 1995 and a Sanskrit degree from the same institute (no year mentioned). She states that she is a post graduate with an MA which she obtained in 2002 from Gurukul Kangri, Hardwar. (Horror of horrors), she also holds a Bachelors of Education degree which she obtained in year 2000 from the Sampoornanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi. She is also a Doctorate (Phd) which she obtained in 2004 from the same institute, Gurukul Kangri, Hardwar.
http://muzaffarnagar.nic.in/affidavit_GE2012/affidevit/AC013/02_PRACHIAR...)
 
[1] पठानकोट हमले के बाद साध्वी प्राची ने कहा- सेना में बैठे मुस्लिम अफसरों की हो जांच, http://www.upuklive.com/2016/01/sadhvi-prachi-controversial-statement.html
[3] साध्वी प्राची ने कहा-पाकिस्तान के एजेंट हैं शाहरुख खान, वहीं चले जाएं http://www.bhaskar.com/news-ht/UP-LUCK-shah-rukh-khan-is-pakistani-agent...
लखनऊ. देश में इन्टॉलरेंस बढ़ने की शिकायत करने वाले शाहरुख खान पर भगवा ब्रिगेड ने करारा हमला किया है। साध्वी प्राची ने बॉलीवुड एक्टर को पाकिस्तानी एजेंट बताया है। वहीं, हिंदू महासभा ने शाहरुख को देश छोड़ने की नसीहत दे दी है। प्राची ने कहा, 'शाहरुख खान पाकिस्तानी एजेंट है। उसे पाकिस्तान ही चले जाना चाहिए। अवॉर्ड लौटाने की बात कहकर उसने राष्ट्रद्रोह किया है। इसकी सजा मिलनी चाहिए। सिर्फ शाहरुख खान ही नहीं, बल्कि अवॉर्ड लौटाने वाले सभी लोगों पर राष्ट्रद्रोह का मुकदमा दर्ज हो।'
[4] http://www.amarujala.com/feature/samachar/national/again-sadhvi-prachi-gave-hate-speech-in-aligarh-hindi-news-sy/'एएमयू सिमी का अड्डा, पाकिस्तान से जुड़े तार': अपने तल्ख बयानों को लेकर सुर्खियों में रहने वाली साध्वी प्राची ने जम्मू-कश्मीर में बीफ पार्टी देने वाले निर्दलीय विधायक इंजीनियर रशीद की पिटाई को उचित बताया है। उन्होंने रशीद की पिटाई करने वाले भाजपा विधायकों को उत्तर प्रदेश में बुलाकर सम्मानित करने का भी एलान किया है। रविवार को एक कार्यक्रम के सिलसिले में अलीगढ़ पहुंचीं साध्वी प्राची ने जम्मू-कश्मीर विधान सभा में राशिद की पिटाई प्रकरण का उल्लेख करते हुए कहा कि गौ माता की हत्या करने वाले लोगों को फांसी की सजा दी जानी चाहिए। उन्होंने कहा कि वे जम्मू-कश्मीर जाकर पिटाई करने वाले भाजपा विधायकों से मिलेंगी। अखिल भारत हिंदू महासभा की राष्ट्रीय सचिव डॉ. पूजा शकुन पांडे के आवास पर साध्वी प्राची ने भाजपा विधायक संगीत सोम प्रकरण पर कहा कि यह शर्म की बात है कि विधायक संगीत सोम मीट फैक्ट्री चलाने में शामिल थे। नेताओं का दोगला चेहरा समाज में नहीं होना चाहिए।
दादरी के बिसाहड़ा प्रकरण पर उन्होंने कहा कि मृतक इकलाख पाकिस्तान में रहकर आया था और उसके घर में गौ मांस व सिर मिले थे। उन्होंने कहा कि शासन ने उनके बिसाहड़ा जाने पर इसलिए प्रतिबंध लगा दिया ताकि सच्चाई न सामने आ जाए। उन्होंने कहा कि गौ रक्षा में जान गंवाने वालों की आंसू पोछने प्रदेश सरकार नहीं जाती है।
[8] VHP leader links Nepal earthquake to ‘beef eating’ http://thenortheasttoday.com/vhp-leader-links-nepal-earthquake-to-beef-eating/; HARIDWAR: Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Prachi kicked up yet another controversy when she came up with her logic on the recent earthquake that devastated Nepal.Commenting the most unreasonable statement that could come at this tragic time, controversial BJP functionaries, Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Prachi have linked the earthquake in Nepal to Rahul Gandhi’s Kedarnath visit. Speaking to media persons in Haridwar, Sakshi Maharaj said, “Rahul Gandhi eats beef and goes to the holy shrine without purifying himself, the earthquake was bound to happen.”
[9] http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/latest-sadhvi-prachi-hindus-boycott-films-khans-rahul-marry-indian-girl-2130615.html
After backing the 'Hindu women should have four children theory' earlier, BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi sparked yet another controversy when she on Sunday said that Hindus should boycott movies by the three Khans of Bollywood because they promote 'love jihad'. "Our children do not get right samskars from the movies of the Khans. They promote love jihad," Hindustan Timesquoted Sadhvi Prachi as saying.Prachi, at a VHP event in Dehradun, also said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi should marry an Indian girl and re-iterated BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj's remark that Hindus needed to have more children, according to IBNLive.The BJP leader had received a lot of criticism earlier when she had backed Sakshi Maharaj's remark that every Hindu woman should bear four children. She had reacted to the criticism and had said that she had asked Hindus to have four children, not 40 puppies.
[10].http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sadhvi-prachi-says-chant-vande-matara... http://www.firstpost.com/politics/asked-people-to-have-4-kids-not-40-puppies-bjps-sadhvi-prachi-stokes-new-controversy-2075563.html Asked people to have 4 kids, not 40 puppies: BJP's Sadhvi Prachi stokes new controversy Badaun (UP): VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi has stoked fresh controversy by making inflammatory remarks on the issue of 'love jihad' and defending her statement that Hindu women should have four children.
"They are trapping our daughters through 'love jihad'. These people who give birth to 35-40.... are spreading love jihad... They are trying to make Hindustan into Darul Islam," she said. Ibnlive quoted her as saying, "I asked people to have 4 kids, not 40 puppies."
[12]Muzaffarnagar riots: BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi gets bail,  http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-12-03/news/44710438_1_...