Music director Devi Sri Prasad joins long list of figures reserved for hurting religious feelings

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Music Director Devi Sri Prasad aka DSP has been booked by Hyderabad Police for his new song O bet for allegedly “damaging religious feelings”.

Actor Karate Kalyani, who filed the complaint, demanded an apology and the removal of the song. Police filed a complaint under IPC Sections 153(A) and IPC 295(A).

Kalyani found the video for the song, which has garnered over 20 million views on YouTube, offensive as it shows scantily clad women dancing to a tune that incorporates religious chants.

“If someone cannot say the complete verses of the Bhagavad Gita or any other sacred hymn, we simply ask him to sing Hare Krishna Hare RamKalyani said, adding that even those lines are powerful. “If you are unable to salvage what is left of the Hindu dharma, at least don’t dishonor it. If necessary, we will even break into his studio so he can hear us,” Kalyani added. S Vishnuvardhan Reddy, General Secretary, BJP, Andhra Pradesh, also wants DSP of the hit song Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava, to apologize “for insulting Hindus and Lord Krishna”. “It has become a habit for some people in the film industry to frequently insult Hindu goddesses and gods,” he added.

DSP is not an isolated incident. In the recent past, other film personalities have faced similar complaints, warnings and backlash for their actions.

On October 23, Karnataka Police filed an FIR against Kannada actor Chetan Ahimsa for allegedly hurting religious feelings based on a complaint alleging he made “derogatory statements” while commenting on the tradition of Bhoota Kola during the screening of the latest Kannada film, kantara. It is reserved under IPC Section 505(2). The complaint of a certain Shivakumar of Shankarapuram indicates that the comments of the actor would have hurt and insulted the feelings of a community. In February, the actor was also arrested during the hijab dispute in Karnataka, allegedly for his objectionable tweets against a High Court judge involved in the lawsuit.

On October 13, Narottam Mishra, Madhya Pradesh’s interior minister, “asked” actor Aamir Khan to avoid starring in commercials that “hurt religious feelings.” Khan’s new advertisement for a bank which shows him with actor Kiara Advani as newlyweds taking part in Hindu wedding rituals has sparked outrage among the Hindu right. It shows the character of Khan taking the ceremonial first step into his bride’s home after marriage – a ritual traditionally performed by Hindu brides.

In August, lawyer Vineet Jindal filed a complaint with the Delhi Police Commissioner against Khan, Advait Chandan, Paramount Pictures and others involved in the filming, alleging that scenes from the actor’s new film Laal Singh Chaddha “hurt Hindu feelings and disrespected the Indian Army”. Jindal requested an FIR under sections 153, 153A, 298 and 505 of the IPC. One of the scenes under the scanner is where a Pakistani official asks Khan’s character “I propose namaz and pray, Laal, why don’t you do the same?”, to which Laal Singh Chaddha replies, “My mother said all that puja path is malaria. This causes riots.

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