UK-based rapper Taran Kaur Dhillon aka Hard Kaur has been booked for sedition for posting allegedly objectionable remarks against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on social media.
A case has been registered against her under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including sedition for her posts against the aforementioned. The complaint was filed in Varanasi under IPC Sections 124A (sedition), 153 (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion), 500 (defamation) and 505 (intent to incite), and Section 66 of the IT Act.
Hard Kaur, in her Facebook and Instagram pages, had put up posts with “derogatory comments” against Yogi Adityanath. She blamed the RSS for police officer Hemant Karkare’s death in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.
In an Instagram post on June 18, Kaur called Adityanath “Orange rapeman”. “If this guy was a superhero his name would be – Rapeman Yogi,” Kaur wrote sharing an image of Adityanath. “You call him when you want your sisters, mothers, daughters raped. National Hero. I personally call him #OrangeRapeMan #IndiaStandUp.”
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In another post on the same day, she called Bhagwat a “racist murderer”. “He is responsible for all terrorist attacks in India including 26/11, Pulwama attack,” she claimed. “The face of all problems in India. Constitutional casteism is a crime…You are banned by Sardar Patel ji after [Mahatma] Gandhi’s murder by [Nathuram] Godse. You are not allowed to function. In history, Mahatma Buddha and Mahavir fought against the brahminical caste system. You are not a nationalist, you are a racist murderer…,” her post read.
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RSS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL TERRORIST ATTACKS IN INDIA INCLUDING 26/11, PULWAMA ATTACK. THE FACE OF ALL PROBLEMS IN INDIA. CONSTITUTIONAL CASTEISM IS A CRIME. YOU MOFO’S YOU ARE BANNED BY SARDAR PATEL JI AFTER GANDHI’S MURDER BY GODSE. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FUNCTION. IN HISTORY MAHATMA BUDDHA AND MAHAVIR FOUGHT AGAINST THE BRAHMINICAL CASTE SYSTEM. RSS FUCKED THE NORTHEAST,1984, SHIVAJI’S DEATH AND ASHOKA. MILLIONS. ALL KILLED BY THIS RACIST PARTY FROM THE DAY INDIA EXISTS. #fuckrss WE WILL NOT EXCEPT THIS ANYMORE. YOU ARE NOT A NATIONALIST, YOU ARE A RACIST MURDERER 💯 #fact WAKEUP OR ARE YOU WAITING FOR YOUR SISTER,DAUGHTER TO GET RAPED OR YOU WAITING UNTIL THEY START ATTACKING YOU AND YOURS ?? !! SHARE NOW!!! @bbcworldservice @cnn @bbcasiannetwork @bbcnews @channel4news @thetimesofindia @hindustantimes @ghaintpunjab @bombaytimes @officialhumansofbombay @punjab2000 @desiblitzz @delhi.times
In her third post, Kaur shared a picture of the book cover of “Who Killed Karkare?” by SM Mushrif, former inspector general of police, Maharashtra. Her caption of the picture said: “RSS DID #indiastandup”. Kaur also posted a photo of journalist Gauri Lankesh who was killed in 2017 outside her home in Bengaluru. Hard Kaur wrote: “I’ll never let your killers go. The world will know mam.”
The investigation in the case has been handed over to the Crime Branch’s Surveillance Cell.
On Twitter, a section of people seemed to support her right to free speech.
And here we go again. Sigh! This country is beyond repair. https://t.co/oSIHW6v4hx
— Abhijit Iyer-Mitra (@Iyervval) June 20, 2019
Hard Kaur has been charged with sedition and 'waging war against Indian state' for social media posts on Yogi and Mohan Bhagwat whereas no one was ever charged for burning her father alive, her house, her mother's beauty parlour in Kanpur in 1984. Whatte system of this country!👏
— ਪੰਜਾਬ ਨਾਗਰਿਕ (@akdwaaz) June 20, 2019
People have a right to express dissent and criticise the government but every time people like @HardKaurWorld are slammed with sedition law in order to target the free voice. In solidarity with #HardKaur@bbcnewspunjabi @Dailypostpnbi
— Kirtypal Singh (@KirtypalSingh) June 20, 2019
Many Twitter users slammed Hard Kaur. Some users pointed out that freedom of expression comes “with restrictions”, others went as far as to request the government to cancel Kaur’s Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card.
Hard Kaur – a UK based rapper – has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including sedition for posts on social media criticising UP CM Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
— The Wire (@thewire_in) June 20, 2019
"Local lawyer" Shashank Shekhar should have his bar license suspended over this frivolous FIR
High time courts ensure police action on "objectionable comments on social media" happens only when complaint is filed by an aggrieved party i.e., Yogi Adityanath & Mohan Bhagwat here https://t.co/jqYhnTf1J3
— Ravi Kant ☀️ रवि कांत (@LegalKant) June 20, 2019
Recently, Hard Kaur was in news for standing up against Bollywood songwriter Sameer Anjaan for lying on national TV. The rapper has been pretty outspoken on her social media handles lately which hasn’t gone down well with some, it seems.
FOR THOSE WHO DONT BELIVE ME PLEASE GO READ THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA. THATS THE REAL LAW. SECOND IF YOU JUST DONT CARE TO BELIVE ME TUMHAARI TO GAAND MARRDI MAINE OR CHAHIYO AUR CHAHIYEH TOH AAO. THE ONES WHO’VE THOUGHT FOR THEMSELVES AND GONE AND READ AND UNDERSTOOD THAT NO ONE WANTS ATTENTION WHERE THE RSS BJP CONGRESS ALL WANT YOUR BLOOD BECAUSE THEY’VE KILLED MOST OF THEM IN THE PAST. R.I.P #gaurilankesh #hementkarkare THE REAL HEROS AND MANY MORE WHO’VE LOST THIER LIVES… OF COURSE THEY WISH RIGHY NOW I WAS DEAD BECAUSE I JUST ANNOUNCED THE TRUTH ABOUT MILLIONS OF MUDERS AND BOMB ATTACKS WHICH WERE BLAMED ON PAKISTAN AS ALWAYS. COWARDS. I JUST FUCKED THE WHOLE SYSTEM AND THEY ARE GOING CRAZY. BY THE WAY EVERYTHING IM SAYING IS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. MOST OF THIS INFORMATION AND RECORDS AND PROVEN FACTS ARE ALREADY OUT THERE. I JUST CANT TAKE THE RAPES AND THE INJUSTICE ANY MORE. THATS IT. I DONT WANT ANYTHING FROM ANYONE. I JUST LOVE INDIA 🙏🏼❤️👊🏽 #banthecastesystem #peace #wewantanswers #indiastandup #theconstitutionofindia
Posted by Hard Kaur on Wednesday, June 19, 2019