New Delhi: The 29-year-old stand up comedian, Munawar Faruqui on Tuesday shared a photo that shows him beaming, days after he was released from jail after spending 35 days in jail over a case of allegedly “insulting Hindu Gods and Goddesses” during a show.
Along with his photo he wrote a caption, that read, “I’ve made lakhs of people laugh, lighting up their faces.”
His another post was in urdu which read, “Mere ander ke andheron ko karne do shikayat. Hasa kar lakhon chehron ko roshan kiya hai maine,” means “Let the darkness inside me complain. I’ve made lakhs of people laugh, lighting up their faces.”
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The comedian with at least five others, was accused of hurting the religious sentiments of the Hindu community by cracking some jokes about Hindu Gods and deities. The complaint was filed by Eklavya Singh Gaur, the chief of a local Hindutva outfit, who is also the son of Bharatiya Janata Party’s MLA Malini Gaur on January 1.
Munawar walked out of the jail late Saturday night, a day after the Supreme Court granted him bail last Friday. The court had also issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh government and put on hold a warrant against him in Uttar Pradesh. Four others were also arrested.
All of them were booked under various Sections; 295-A (outraging religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings), 269 (negligent act likely to cause spread of disease), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).