An Indian comedian has been beaten by a mob and arrested for making ‘indecent comments’ about Hindu gods during his stand up routine.
Munawar Faruqui, 28, was detained with five other comics in the city of Indore on Friday after violence erupted when he allegedly poked fun at deities and the ruling right-wing BJP party.
Police arrested Mr Faruqui and the other performers after complaints were made by the son of the local BJP mayor Malini Laxman Singh Gaur who was attending the event.
Footage shows scuffles breaking out among the crowd before Mr Faruqui and his colleagues Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas, and Nalin Yadav were taken into custody.
Footage taken at the event shows scuffles breaking out among the crowd before Mr Faruqui and his colleagues Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas, Priyam Vyas, and Nalin Yadav were taken into custody
Munawar Faruqui, 28, (pictured at another stand up event) was detained with five other comics in the city of Indore on Friday after violence erupted when he allegedly poked fun at deities and the ruling right-wing BJP party
The mayor’s son, Eklavya Singh Gaur, told India Today: ‘The show mocked Hindu deities by passing indecent comments. The Godhra incident and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were also mentioned inappropriately.
‘We shot a video and stopped the show by taking the audience out of the cafe.
‘Then we caught the comedians and organisers of the show and took them to Tukoganj police station.’
Friends of Mr Faruqui have alleged that he was beaten up with his fellow comics by the mob who were led by Mr Singh Gaur.
Mr Singh Gaur denies the claims.
A police spokesman said: ‘The FIR (first information report) was registered following video evidence submitted to us in which the content was found to be objectionable.’
The men were charged with deliberate and malicious acts which ‘intended to outrage religious feelings’ by insult.
They were further charged with breaching social-distancing requirements under coronavirus legislation.
Munawar Faruqui, 28, was charged with deliberate and malicious acts which ‘intended to outrage religious feelings’ by insult
There had been around 100 people attending the event in a small hall, allegedly without the permission of authorities.
A local court rejected the comedians’ requests for bail and remanded them in custody.
Varun Grover, another Indian comedian, took to Instagram to complain about Mr Faruqui being ‘beaten up.’
He wrote on Instagram: ‘A fellow Indian, a fellow comedian is in jail and got beaten up by a mob because of the words he uttered. Here he’s trying to logically, calmly present his case but our systems now just want to brutally silence every voice.
‘They don’t want to hear, they don’t want to even argue – they want to simply erase every shred of individual thought, every iota of reason. And we the people of the greatest civilisation of earth are ok with it.’