Mangalore, Aug 27, 2014: The Bunder police has registered FIR against Mumbai-based social activist Teesta Setalvad for her post of an objectionable image of a Hindu religious deity on social networking sites.
Yuva Brigade convener Naresh Shenoy complained at the Bunder police station in Mangalore that Ms. Setalvad had hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus by tampering with the photograph of a goddess and posting it on her Twitter page.
An FIR was registered under section 153 (a) (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion) and 295 (a) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code; and section 65 (tampering with computer source documents), 66 (a) and 66 (b) pertaining to hacking with computer system and 67 (information which is obscene in electronic form) of the Information Technology (IT) Act.
As per the FIR filed here, "the photo showed a member of minority community with the Sudarshan Chakra while another photo showed a terrorist beheading a journalist. This act by Setalvad has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus". Setalvad, on the other hand, apologised today on her blog as well as on Twitter.
"Sincere apologies for inadvertent tweet," she tweeted. "The moment I realised that the illustration had created a controversy and had hurt many people, I deleted the tweet for having inadvertently hurt their feelings," she wrote on her blog.