New Delhi: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) said it will take legal action against The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for its report that says Facebook has not cracked down on Bajrang Dal over financial and safety considerations.
VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain told ThePrint that they will be initiating legal action against the publication for trying to “insult India” and for “crossing its limit”. Jain has served as the in-charge of Bajrang Dal in the past.
“They have crossed their limits. They have insulted India in the garb of attacking Bajrang Dal. If any illegal work is being carried out in India and the government is not able to stop it, are they trying to say that the government is not competent to take action? I feel that The Wall Street Journal should stay within its limits. They should not try to comment on the internal matters of India,” he said.
Stating that Bajrang Dal “is a youth organisation of VHP committed for upliftment of Bharat and Hindu Samaj”, he said it “doesn’t need a certificate from WSJ”.
“We are going to take legal action against them. As it is an international organisation, we have to follow all norms, but we will take action,” the VHP leader added.
“We cannot allow anyone to run such a false campaign. They want to insult our country in the garb of attacking us and this is not acceptable to us in any way.”
A WSJ report published Sunday said despite an internal assessment calling for a ban on ‘dangerous’ Hindu nationalist group Bajrang Dal for its support to violence against minorities, Facebook has not cracked down on the group over financial and safety considerations.
The tech giant fears action against Bajrang Dal could risk “infuriating India’s ruling Hindu nationalist politicians” and also hurt its business prospects in the country. A ban on the group could also lead to “physical attacks” against Facebook staff and facilities in the country, the report said.
ThePrint reached Toby Doman, who leads communications and corporate Affairs for Dow Jones across Asia, via email and phone call for a comment. Wall Street Journal is published by Dow Jones. The copy will be updated when a response is received.