Tamil Nadu Police arrested two activists for uploading an offensive video on Tamil Hindu god called Lord Muruga, on their social media account.
According to the report
, the hugely popular song in Tamil is chanted to a rhythmic meter and seeks the blessings of the god and invokes his golden spear to give a protective shield to all parts of the human body. In the video, the channel’s anchor, Surendran, made fun of those lines in the song which sought the protection of one’s private parts.
The Tamils consider Lord Muruga, the younger son of Shiva and Parvathi, as “Tamil Kadavul” (Tamil God) who once ruled the Southern tip of the Indian peninsula. A pilgrimage to his six abodes, called Arupadaiveedu, across Tamil Nadu is considered a must in the religious calendar of every Tamil Hindu. The Palani Murugan Temple receives the highest number of footfalls amongst all temples in the state. No wonder a direct attack on their favourite god and the most popular hymn composed in his honor provoked the collective ire of the community.
The Crime Branch registered a complaint and arrested the anchor Surendran and another member, Senthilvasan, for uploading the video under Sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153 A (1)(a) (promoting enmity between different groups), 295(A) (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), 505(1)(b) (whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public) and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code. The video was quickly taken down.