The Video of disrespecting National Anthem
Two teenage girls from Dumdum, Kolkata have found themselves at the center of a major controversy after a video of them singing the national anthem disrespectfully has gone viral on social media. The video shows the girls singing the Jana Gana Mana with strange facial expressions and cigarettes burning in their hands. The video has sparked outrage in civil society, with many people calling for the girls to be punished for insulting the national anthem and the national flag.
The incident has resulted in swift action from both law enforcement officials and concerned citizens. Calcutta High Court lawyer Atreyi Halder has already filed a complaint against the two girls in Lalbazar cybercrime for insulting the national anthem. “No citizen of this country can insult the national flag and national anthem,” Halder said. The Kolkata Police have also taken action in response to the complaint. Kolkata Police DC (Cyber) Atul V said, “We received the complaint via e-mail. A letter has been written to Facebook asking for some information. Then the accused will be identified. Legal action may be taken accordingly.”
The incident has also raised questions about the Prevention of Insult to National Honor Act, 1971, which prohibits any kind of ridicule while singing the national anthem. Lawyer Arindam Das said, “According to the constitution, every citizen of the country should respect the national anthem. If someone deliberately alters the national anthem, the lyrics are reversed, and the person can be jailed for up to 3 years.” The cybercrime department has launched an investigation into the incident, and it has been revealed that one of the girls studied at Dum Dum Road Pregnancy Sponsored High School, while the other is a student of Dumdum Kumar Ashutosh Institution.
The incident has sparked a heated debate among social media users and the general public. Many people have condemned the girls’ behavior as disrespectful and unpatriotic, while others have defended their right to free speech and expression. Some have even called for a revision of the law, arguing that it is too strict and violates citizens’ fundamental rights. As the investigation continues, it remains to be seen what action will be taken against the two girls, but it is clear that this incident has touched a nerve among many people in the country.
In an another incident, the Noida Police apprehended a 16-year-old boy from Lucknow on Friday for allegedly sending a threatening email to a media house, targeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The boy, who hails from Bihar, was picked up from the Chinhat area of the state capital and has been brought to Noida for further legal proceedings. The email, which contained the threat message, was traced by technical teams after a complaint was lodged by the media house.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (Noida) Rajneesh Verma, an FIR was lodged in connection with the case on April 5 at Sector 20 police station in Noida, and the matter was investigated. Technical teams were also roped in to trace the sender of the email, which contained the threat message. “On the basis of the investigation, the email sender was traced and found in Lucknow’s Chinhat area. The sender turned out to be a schoolboy, who has just completed his Class 11 and will be beginning Class 12 in this session,” Verma said.
The police have filed an FIR against an “unknown” person. The FIR was lodged under the Indian Penal Code sections 153A (1b) (act prejudicial to maintenance of harmony, or likely to disturb public tranquillity), 505 (1b) (act likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or against the public tranquillity), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication).
The boy is being produced in a juvenile court in Noida and further legal proceedings are being carried out, Verma added. The police have not yet released any information about the motive behind the email threat, and it remains unclear if the boy acted alone or if there were others involved in the incident.