Una: Controversial Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, a Hindutva activist and priest, delivered yet another hate speech at a religious conclave in Una, Himachal Pradesh, in violation of his release restrictions.
This comes two weeks after the Delhi Police listed him and Sudarshan News chief editor Suresh Chavhanke in a First Information Report (FIR) for allegedly giving hate remarks during a ‘Hindu Mahapanchayat’ held in Burari on Sunday, 3 April.
Narsinghanand, who was arrested in January, was released from Haridwar jail on February 17 after being given bail in two cases: one for making disparaging remarks about women, and the other for organising a ‘dharam sansad’ when genocidal threats against Muslims were made.
What Did Yati Say In Una?
According to several accounts, Narsinghanand stated during his address to the conclave in Una that Hindu society was on the decline.
He went on to say that the country’s political structure was skewed toward Muslims, which was why Hindus were treated poorly. He went on to say that Hindus should have more children and raise them to be strong in order to safeguard their families.
Meanwhile, one of the organisers of the conclave, Satyadeva Saraswati, told NDTV that there was no need to “get permission from the administration” in Una since it was a private programme.
“We don’t believe in the law…we are not afraid of anyone…here, we are telling the truth, not giving any hate speech,” he added.
‘Sadhvi Annapurna’, who was named in an FIR filed regarding the case in Haridwar, also gave a hate speech at the event.
On February 15, an Uttarakhand court granted the religious leader bail in the matter involving his alleged derogatory comments toward women.
Narsinghanand, who organised the Haridwar ‘dharam sansad’ in December 2021, during which genocidal statements targeting the Muslim community were made, was also granted bail in the hate speech case by a local court on February 7.
Narsinghanand, a priest at Ghaziabad’s Dasna Temple, is one of the ten people named in the FIRs filed against the Haridwar conclave.
Last year, three FIRs were filed against Narsinghanand for his anti-woman statements.
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