‘Yaariyan 2’ faces legal action for offending religious sentiments

As the upcoming film ‘Yaariyan-2’ has showed an actor wearing a “kirpan” in one of its songs, a case has been registered by the Punjab Police against actor Meezaan Jafri, directors Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru, and producer Bhushan Kumar for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

According to Sub-Inspector Ashok Kumar on Thursday, a member of the Sikh Talmel Committee said that the actor in the song had offended them by reportedly wearing a ‘kirpan,’ a sign of Sikh faith. On Wednesday night, an FIR was filed in Jalandhar in response to the complaint.

According to the Sikh Code of Conduct, only baptized Sikhs are permitted to wear the ‘kirpan’, hence the complainant claimed that this has offended the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

The Indian Penal Code’s Section 295-A (deliberate and malicious conduct, intended to outrage religious sentiments of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), is the basis for the filing of the FIR.

In this context, the Amritsar Police Commissioner has also received a complaint from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Despite the film’s producers’ claims that the actor was carrying a ‘khukri’ (a curved knife) rather than a ‘kirpan’ and that they had no desire to harm or disrespect any religious beliefs, the SGPC had stated that “we are not happy with your illogical clarification.”


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