The alarming rise in instances of targeted assaults, especially involving religious discrimination, has become a tragic reality of our country.
Recently, a Twitter user, Sagar Parekh, shared an incident where he was taken to the police station in Surat, for asking questions about a cancelled Kunal Kamra show. As per his account, he and his friend, who was recording the entire incident, were let go because ‘they had Hindu names’.
So I was taken to the police station yesterday. I went to see @kunalkamra88‘s show in Surat. But it was cancelled because some people from RSS or Bajrang Dal or VHP called police saying Kunal is anti-Hindu, anti-national and he makes fun of military etc. (1/8)— Sagar Parekh (@sagarparekh51) August 3, 2019
A Kunal Kamra show, scheduled at 9 pm at Shree Surti Modhvanik Wadi in Surat on Saturday, was cancelled. According to reports, at around 7 PM, some people came and told the organisers that the show can’t go on. Mahidharpura Police Inspector, P. A. Arya, claimed that the organisers had not taken police permission for the show.
Sagar also mentions this in his account that the show was cancelled ‘because some people from RSS or Bajrang Dal or VHP called the police saying Kunal is anti-Hindu, anti-national and he makes fun of military etc.’
According to his tweets, Sagar asked a man, who was there to shut down the event, why he thinks Kamra is ‘anti-Hindu’? In response to this, the man started asking about Sagar’s surname and religion. Mwanwhile, the entire incident was being recorded by Sagar’s friend.
Then he asked my surname. You know in a normal way people ask surname to know your caste/religion so that they can judge you. I asked him why he wants to know my surname. He said “I want to know wether you’re converted or not”. I asked him to explain that statement.(4/8)— Sagar Parekh (@sagarparekh51) August 3, 2019
The man wanted to know whether he and his friend were ‘converted from Islam or Christianity’. When Sagar questioned his line of interrogation, he was taken to the police.
As per Sagar’s account, they were apparently not harmed, just questioned, ‘because they were Hindus’-
While we were talking to the police one of them (he was from VHP) came outside to tell others (who came to support us) that we won’t be harmed because we are Hindus.
Sagar mentioned that a lot of Islamophobic comments were passed during the incident. They were made to delete the video and signed an apology letter to the police.
They were saying really Islamophobic stuff while police were there (at the venue). But when we recorded a video police were like “that seems like invading someone’s privacy, gotta do something”. (8/8)#FreedomOfSpeech#kunalkamra— Sagar Parekh (@sagarparekh51) August 3, 2019
Agar hum kare to kare kya, bole to bole kya
You can read the entire Twitter thread here.