Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Now a venomous article in Shiv Sena mouthpiece

An article in Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Dopahar ka Saamna' has caused lot of anger amongst Muslims in Mumbai. One, Anil Mishra, has written the article slanderous piece.

It is extremely provocative indeed. The kind of things written about Islam, especially the life of Prophet, have made lot of people upset. The langauge is also derogatory. However, the decision of the Muslims, not to take to streets is laudable.

Instead, it has been decided to use the legal option. The police have registered a case against the paper. However, it is high time that the Press Council take a strong action against such slanderous articles that are purely aimed at hurting sentiments.


In 32 police station of Mumbai, cases were registered against Saamna under sections 153 A, 295, 504 A and 84 of the Indian Penal Code. Besides, a complaint has been made to the Election Commission to cancel registration of Shiv Sena for using its paper to create wedge in society in order to consolidate votes based on religious lines. Press Council has also been sent the article published in the paper and urged to take necessary action.

The Ulema Council has decided not to meet the Chief Minister as 'taking delegations and sending memoranda' has been of use in the past. Meanwhile, Editor Prem Shukla and Anil Mishra, who wrote the article were arrested but later released on submission of personal bonds.