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VHP leader files complaint against Twitter for Iranian-Canadian author’s post on ‘sexy’ Kali

Vishwa Hindu Parishad spokesperson Vinod Bansal hit out at Twitter India for allowing Iranian-Canadian Armin Navabi's use of 'derogatory words' that hurt his religious sentiments.

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New Delhi: Vishwa Hindu Parishad spokesperson Vinod Bansal Friday lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police and Mumbai Police against Twitter India for allowing Iranian-Canadian author and podcaster Armin Navabi to post derogatory comments on Hindu Goddess Kali.

The VHP leader’s complaint hits out at Twitter for allowing “such posts” and “not taking action” against such account holders. In his tweet, which included a photo of the complaint, Bansal tagged the accounts of both the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“He used derogatory words with posting image of Goddess Kali which deeply hurts my religious sentiments…. His posting on Twitter account is not acceptable at all as his posting has deeply hurt Hindus spiritual sentiments around the world including Hindus residing in India,” Bansal’s complaint read.

“We request you to arrange to book Twitter India for allowing such posts and not taking action against such account holders. Also, Twitter must have a policy of filtering the messages which are against religion and a state,” the complaint further stated.

Navabi’s ‘love’ for Hinduism

Armin Navabi, is an atheist who is the founder of an online free-thought community Atheist Republic, a Canada-based non-profit organisation. He also authored a book, titled ‘Why there is no God’.

On Thursday, Navabi had posted the picture of Goddess Kali and written: “Okay! I’m in love with Hinduism. I never knew you had sexy goddesses like these. Why would anyone pick any other religion?”.

His post triggered several reactions on the microblogging site, including from actor Kangana Ranaut‘s official Twitter handle. Navabi subsequently posted responses to the reactions, saying, “How is ‘sexy’ an insult?”

Sneha Dutta Twitter post on Armin Navabi

As the comments poured in, including calls to ban his account, Navabi posted:

The author-podcaster had recently started a Twitter video campaign with the hashtag #DesecrateTheQuran. In the video, Navabi can be seen spitting on the pages of the Holy book and then tearing them.

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  1. There are millions of people in India, who understand that religion is not entitled to power over people’s lives, millions more who understand that religion is not above above scrutiny, critique, and should be required to prove it’s claims. Those who take personal offense to ridicule of religion need to get off of their self importance, ridicule of religion is not the same as ridicule of the religious.

    David Killawee
    North Bay, Ontario

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