FIR filed against Priya Var­rier’s vi­ral song for ‘hurt­ing’ Mus­lim sen­ti­ments

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Srini­vasa Rao Ap­pa­rasu and Priyanka Sun­dar let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Hy­der­abad po­lice on Wed­nes­day booked the mak­ers of up­com­ing Malay­alam film Oru Adaar Love over a song that has “objectionable ref­er­ences” to a love story be­tween Prophet Mo­ham­mad and his wife Khadi­jah Bivi in Mecca.

The song, Manikya Malaraya Poovi, fea­tur­ing overnight in­ter­net sen­sa­tion Priya Prakash Var­rier, has gone vi­ral since it was launched a few days ago. The film’s di­rec­tor, Omar Lulu, how­ever, de­nied that the song is objectionable.

The Falaknuma po­lice in the old city filed a case against the mak­ers un­der sec­tion 295 A of In­dian Pe­nal Code (de­lib­er­ate and ma­li­cious acts, in­tended to out­rage re­li­gious feel­ings of any class by in­sult­ing its re­li­gion or re­li­gious be­liefs) based on a com­plaint from Mo­hammed Abdul Muqeeth Khan and some other Mus­lim youths, Hy­der­abad deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (south zone) V Satya­narayana said.

“The po­lice are metic­u­lously in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion would be taken against the con­cerned as per the facts and law,” the DCP said.

Ear­lier in the day, the Mus­lim youths lodged a com­plaint with the po­lice de­mand­ing a ban on the song from the Malay­alam film for the objectionable ref­er­ences in the lyrics to Prophet Mo­ham­mad and his wife Khadi­jah Bivi.

Although they did not un­der­stand the lyrics in Malay­alam, the com­plainants said they found ref­er­ences to the Prophet’s wife in a trans­la­tion of the song, which they said hurt the sen­ti­ments of Mus­lims.

They at­tached a copy of the orig­i­nal song and its English trans­la­tion along with the com­plaint filed at Falaknuma po­lice sta­tion in Hy­der­abad on Wed­nes­day. The com­plainant, Khan, an en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent, de­nied lodg­ing the com­plaint for the sake of pub­lic­ity.

He said he tried to un­der­stand the lyrics and then re­alised that it has ref­er­ence to Khadija Bivi, wife of Prophet Mo­ham­mad.

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