Uttar Pradesh police have booked renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana for allegedly defending the recent killings in France over a caricature of Prophet Mohammed.
When asked about his reaction to the incidents, Rana condemned the killings and use of prophet cartoons. But he went on to add he would have acted in the same manner as insulting a religious figure is unacceptable.
Last month, a schoolteacher was beheaded outside his school in a Paris suburb after showing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed to his pupils during a lesson on freedom of expression.
Weeks later, three others were killed in a church attack at Nice.
The poet, during an interview with a TV channel, had said: “If someone makes a cartoon of my father, or a disgusting cartoon of my mother, I will kill that person. If someone makes a cartoon of Indian Gods like Mother Sita or Lord Ram, which is disgusting, objectionable and regrettable, I will kill that person. When honor killing has been considered acceptable in India for thousands of years and there is no punishment, then how can you call this illegitimate?”
The FIR filed against Rana said: “The statements are potentially promoting enmity between different communities, can have adverse effects on social harmony and disrupt peace.”
While talking to a newspaper the poet said Prophet Mohammed cartoons were wrong and that French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo deliberately drew them to insult Muslims.