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BJP leader booked in Kerala for social media post about burqa-clad women

New Delhi: The police in the Indian state of Kerala have booked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Anil Antony, for a comment on social media about burqa-clad women.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Antony, BJP national secretary and spokesperson, has been booked under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code, which deals with promoting enmity between different groups.

The case pertains to a video showing a group of students protesting against a bus not halting at their college. Antony had shared the video on X (formerly Twitter) with the caption: “No bus rides without a burqa in northern Kerala.”

The FIR (first information report) was originally lodged on October 27 against unknown persons. The BJP leader was named in the case on Tuesday.

Earlier, an FIR was registered against Indian Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar for his statements on social media about the blasts near Kochi and an unrelated event organised by an Islamic group in Malappuram district in which a former Hamas chief allegedly addressed the audience virtually.

As per the FIR, Chandrasekhar posted statements and videos on social media with the intention of disrupting the communal harmony in Kerala and inciting violence.

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