A Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader has filed a police complaint with Delhi Police and Mumbai Police against Twitter India for allowing Iranian-Canadian author and podcaster Armin Navabi to post derogatory comments on Hindu Goddess Kali.
Navabi, an ex-Muslim and the founder of Atheist Republic had posted the picture a Goddess Kali on Twitter on Thursday with the caption, “Okay! I’m in love with Hinduism. I never knew you had sexy goddesses like these. Why would anyone pick any other religion?”.
— Armin Navabi (@ArminNavabi) September 3, 2020
The VHP leader’s complaint hits out at Twitter for allowing “such posts” and “not taking action” against such account holders.
“We request you to book officials of Twitter India for allowing such posts and not taking action against such account holders. Also, Twitter MUST have a policy of filtering the messages which are against a region and a state,” the complaint read.
The VHP leader alleged the intent of the post by Navabi was to “incite and provoke Hindus, break peace-harmony and create unrest in the society”.
A formal complaint lodged with @DelhiPolice & @MumbaiPolice against @TwitterIndia for allowing @ArminNavabi on @Twitter under CC to embassador of Iran in Canada in India. Immediate Action solicited from @HMOIndia @DrSJaishankar @CanadianPM @HassanRouhani https://t.co/F1QMpxcLwq pic.twitter.com/5I6W5QZxxU
— विनोद बंसल (@vinod_bansal) September 4, 2020
“The image he has posted is published on Twitter, a social media platform and hence the officers of Twitter are equally liable for punishment of the above-mentioned provisions,” he wrote in the complaint.
— Kalpesh Jain (@iamkalpeshj1) September 5, 2020
Hindutva are so triggered that they want Armin’s head :O pic.twitter.com/plNRP6NkEo
— Imam Murrah The Time Traveller (@Aseeraf1) September 4, 2020
Promote Atheism ? @ArminNavabi tells you
1. Abuse Hindu Gods
2. Receive fake hateful Replies
3. Portray hinduism in Negative Light
4. Receive fake death threat
5. Play emotional Victim Card @KanganaTeam he is using your fake account to promote his agenda pic.twitter.com/Pcly8Eo7JB
— Rishabh Arya (@limitlessarya) September 4, 2020
Just a few days ago Navabi had angered Muslims after he came up with a new controversial social media campaign called ‘DesecrateTheQuran’.
— Armin Navabi (@ArminNavabi) September 1, 2020
On Tuesday, Navabi shared a video where he was seen tearing the Arabic version of the Quran. After tearing up the Quran, Navabi also spat on the book and further tore the pages to throw it away.
Reacting to the VHP leader’s complaint, Navabi said “All these legal filing against me makes me wonder what you all are going to do once I actually start my ‘Sexy Hindu Goddess’ art project.”
All these legal filing against me makes me wonder what you all are going to do once I actually start my ‘Sexy Hindu Goddess’ art project. https://t.co/Qx8lCrFccj
— Armin Navabi (@ArminNavabi) September 5, 2020
He even claimed that he was surprised when his account wasn’t taken down despite the mass-reporting.