Indian Editor arrested for 'outraging Muslims'
The editor and publisher of a major Indian newspaper have been arrested for "hurting the religious feelings" of Muslims after they reprinted an article from British daily The Independent.
Ravindra Kumar and Anand Sinha, the editor and publisher of the Kolkata-based English daily The Statesman, appeared in court yesterday charged under section 295A of the Indian Penal Code which forbids "deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings".
Muslims said they were upset with the Statesman for reproducing an article from the UK's Independent daily in its 5 February edition.
The article was entitled: "Why should I respect these oppressive religions?"
Mr Ravindra Kumar, Editor, The Statesman, and Mr Anand Sinha, Printer & Publisher, were arrested today on a complaint by a resident of Eliot Lane, Kolkata, and charged under Sections 295A (deliberate act with malicious intent to outrage religious feelings) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
They were produced before the chief metropolitan magistrate Mr SS Anand, who granted them bail. The arrests were in connection with the publication of an article by Johann Hari of The Independent of London by The Statesman in its issue of 5 February.
Upon learning that a case had been registered by Kolkata Police, The Statesman contacted senior officers and offered to assist its investigation, and to aid efforts to defuse tensions in the city. Following this, the arrests were made early today.
The city has been rocked by protests and violence since 7 February. The protesters had demanded the immediate arrest of the Editor. n SNS.