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Kannada Actor Chetan Kumar Arrested For Tweet On Hindutva: Violation Of Freedom Of Speech?

  • Posted on March 22, 2023
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Kannada Actor Chetan Kumar:-

Bengaluru, India - Kannada actor Chetan Kumar has been arrested by the Bengaluru police for his tweet on Hindutva being "built on lies." Kumar had made the comment on his official Twitter account, which had sparked controversy and outrage among some members of the public.
The actor's tweet had read, "Hindutva built on lies and hatred will eventually destroy the country. Let us come together to protect the soul of India." The comment had garnered a lot of attention on social media, with some users supporting Kumar's views while others fiercely opposed them.
The Bengaluru police had registered a case against the actor under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc. Kumar was subsequently taken into custody for questioning.

Kannada Actor Chetan Kumar
Kannada Actor Chetan Kumar


The actor's arrest has sparked a debate on freedom of speech in the country. Many people have criticized the police action, stating that it is a violation of the actor's right to express his views. They have also pointed out that the Indian constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression to all citizens.
However, others have supported the police's action, arguing that the actor's comments were inflammatory and could have led to communal tensions. They have also pointed out that freedom of speech does not give anyone the right to spread hatred or incite violence.

Meanwhile, several prominent personalities from the film industry have come out in support of Kumar. They have urged the authorities to release the actor and uphold his right to free speech.
The incident has once again highlighted the growing intolerance towards dissenting voices in the country. Many people have raised concerns over the shrinking space for free speech and expression in India, with several incidents of arrests and censorship being reported in recent times.

Kannada Actor Chetan Kumar
Kannada Actor Chetan Kumar


As of now, Kumar is still in police custody, and the authorities have not given any indication on when he will be released. The incident has once again brought into focus the need for a robust and inclusive democracy that upholds the fundamental rights of all citizens, including the right to freedom of Speech and expression.

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