An FIR has been lodged against Assam University’s Assistant Prof Anindya Sen for making “derogatory remarks” on Lord Ram.

According to the FIR, Sen, an Assistant Professor of the English department of Assam University in Silchar, has made derogatory remarks against “Prabhu Ramchandra (Lord Ram) on social media”.

“He also continuously posts such abusive posts defaming Hindu dharma and also abuses constitutional posts like Prime Minister and Home Minister of the country,” the FIR said.

The Facebook post by Sen reads: “She: And all this drama for a man who threw out his wife.

Me: Ya. Abandoned his wife. Right.

She: In fear of what ‘people would say.

Me: Oh! You mean Sriramchandral! I was thinking of you know who!”

According to a media report, a case has been registered against Sen under sections 295A, 294 and 501 on the basis of the FIR.

The report quoted Rohit Chanda, a student member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), who has lodged the FIR, as saying:  “Insulting Hindu Gods and Goddess and hurting the religious sentiments have become a fashion in Silchar.”

“From criticising the government and government officials, now they have moved to defame religion. Being a professor of such a reputed institution, when they propagate such thoughts, others start following,” said Chanda.

“For example, we recently saw that a school-goer promoted beef consumption on Facebook. We have filed an FIR against professor Anindya Sen as we believe it is important for such hate-mongers who keep posting provocatory remarks to intentionally hurt religious sentiments to be investigated and punished,” Chanda added.

The report quoted Sen as saying: “I had no intention of insulting Sri Ram Chandra. There are various versions of Ramanaya and in many of them, it is clearly mentioned that Sri Ram Chandra had abandoned his wife at Valmiki’s Ashram. For this act, Sri Ram Chandra has been criticized by many and the same has been chronicled too. I had just shared that criticism.”

“If by doing that I have unknowingly hurt any religious sentiments then I would like to express my regrets for the same,” Sen said.

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