FIR lodges against Masoom Sawaal for ‘hurting’ religious feelings

After receiving a complaint that the film Masoom Sawalwhich depicts a picture of Lord Krishna on a sanitary napkin, allegedly offended religious feelings, the police have officially filed charges against the director and several members of Masoom Sawaal’s crew.

According to a senior law enforcement source who spoke to PTI, the first information report (FIR) was filed on Sunday against the manufacturers, including director Santosh Upadhyay, and his company, on the complaint of Amit Rathore, president of the Hindu Rashtra Navnirman Sena.

Swatantra Singh, an officer from Sahibabad circle, reportedly said that the FIR was filed under Section 295 (Injuring or defiling places of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to PTI, the complainant claims that the presence of a photo of Lord Krishna on a sanitary napkin had offended the devotees of “Sanatana Dharma” and could trigger riots in Uttar Pradesh.

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FIR filed against Masoom Sawaal:

The film Masoom Sawal is about menstruation awareness. The poster with Lord Krishna and sanitary napkins is said to have hurt the religious feelings of followers of ‘Sanatana Dharma’ and may cause riots in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country, according to the complainant. FIR mentioned that the film’s producer and his team deliberately tried to provoke controversy.

The film was released on August 2, 2022. Additionally, Rathore told PTI that members of Hindu Rashtra Navnirman Sena and their supporters would be protesting outside the two cinemas in Sahibabad and Ghaziabad where the film was released. According to the report, the police have tightened security at the two cinemas. The circle officer warned that anyone trying to disturb the peace would face the consequences. He said, “Law and order would be maintained at all costs.”

At Masoom Sawal The plot revolves around superstitions and regulations imposed on women during their menstrual cycle. It is directed by Santosh Upadhyay and written by Kamlesh K Mishra. The film stars Nitanshi Goel, Ekavali Khanna and Shishir Sharma.

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