Gyanvapi Case: FIR against DU Professor for social media post

New Delhi, May 19 (KMS): The police in the Indian capital have registered an FIR against a Delhi University (DU) professor for his social media post regarding the ‘discovery’ of ‘Shivling’ inside the Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi during a video survey.

Dr Ratan Lal, the Associate Professor of History at Hindu College in Delhi University, sharing a link on Facebook wrote, “If this is a Shiva Linga, then it seems that maybe Shiva was also circumcised.”

“A complaint was received against one Ratan Lal, Prof of History at Hindu College, DU, regarding a post on Facebook,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Sagar Singh Kalsi said.

He said that a legal action has been initiated in this regard and the police have registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code at the Cyber Police station north district.

The complainant, a Delhi-based Advocate, Vineet Jindal, had written to the Delhi Police stating that the statement made by Dr Ratan Lal is not only “instigating and provoking” but also stirring emotions among the Hindu religion followers.

A court in Varanasi had directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to probe the structure of the Gyanvapi Masjid. As the videography survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex was completed on Monday, the Hindu side advocates claimed that a 12-feet diameter ‘Shivling’ had been found inside the well of the mosque. One day later on Tuesday, the matter reached the Indian Supreme Court which directed the Varanasi administration to protect the area where the claim of finding “Shivling” was made.

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