Featured Image: Poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay with a screenshot of his poem that he had posted on Facebook.
By A Newsman
Siliguri, 21 March: ON a day which is being celebrated as World Poetry Day, instead of penning a new verse, noted Bengali poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay is engrossed in preparing for a probable legal battle!
This after member of a RSS-leaning “apolitical” organisation lodged a police complaint against Srijato for allegedly hurting Hindu religious sentiments in one of his recent poems.
College student Arnab Sarkar, who lives at Baghajatin Colony in Siliguri, lodged the complaint at Siliguri Cyber Crime police station yesterday. A member of Hindu Samhati (Hindu Solidarity), Sarkar has demanded that Srijato Bandyopadhyay should be arrested and punished for the “crime” that he has committed through his poem.
Sarkar lodged the compliant referring to the poem named Abhishap (Curse) that Srijato had posted on his Facebook wall in the evening of 19 March Sunday.
In the poem, without naming controversial BJP leader Yogi Adityanath who has now become the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Srijato has criticised Adityanath’s past statement wherein he had allegedly called for raping Muslim women to avenge the violation of Hindu woman by Muslim men.
There are lines in the poem that talk of injustice ruling the roost in the country these days and that every election is taking the country backward by a century.
The complainant Sarkar, however, has, in particular, taken objection to the two concluding lines of the poem that reads: “As long as you exhume my corpse to rape, the trident of your religion will have a condom over it.”
Sarkar has mentioned that by referring to covering the trident with a condom, Srijato has belittled the dignity of Hindu religion as guaranteed by the Indian Constitution, and hence, this amounts to the contempt of the Constitution. This is because trident is a traditional weapon deeply related to Hindu religion.
Talking to reporters today, Sarkar said that he has lodged the complaint out of his own volition although he consulted his seniors in the RSS-leaning Hindu organisation on this.
Poet Srijato has termed the police complaint as both “unfortunate and laughable at the same time.” Standing firm by what he has written in the poem, Srijato said that no religion was so frail that it could be harmed through comments.
“Every human being has the right to protest against something that he considers unjust. Hence, I would continue to raise my voice against injustice and intolerance through my poems,” he said.
Police are yet to treat the complaint against the poet as an FIR. “We have received a complaint and the matter is under investigation. We have not registered an FIR on this as yet,” Siliguri Police commissioner CS Lepcha said.