Religious leader Yati Narsinghanand arrested for misogyny, not Haridwar hate speech at Dharma Sansad: police

Yati Narsinghanand (second from right) is a co-accused in the Haridwar hate speech case. (To file)

New Delhi:

Yati Narsinghanand, the religious leader who organized an event in Haridwar last month calling for the genocide of Muslims, was arrested for slurs against women, not for hate speech at Dharam Sansad or a religious assembly, said police told NDTV a day after his arrest.

The religious leader was sent to 14 days in police custody.

He also received notice in the hate speech case, police said, adding that he would also be remanded in custody in that case.

“Yati Narsinghanand has been arrested for derogatory comments towards women, not Haridwar hate speech case at the moment. He has received notice in this case so far. He will also be remanded in custody for the hate speech case, the proceedings are ongoing. We will also include the details of the hate speech case in the referral request,” the police official said.

According to sources, the current case against Narsinghanand – relating to misogyny – is based on a complaint filed earlier this month for his objectionable and derogatory remarks towards women of other faiths. The FIR cites charges of hate speech, in addition to charges of insulting women.

However, this is not about hate speech at Dharam Sansad in Haridwar.

Yati Narsinghanand is among those named in FIRs filed for hate speech during the “Dharma Sansad” or religious assembly in Haridwar last month.

Jitendra Narayan Singh Tyagi, who was Waseem Rizvi before his conversion, is the only co-defendant to be arrested in the case so far. His arrest came nearly a month after the fact, only after the intervention of the Supreme Court.

In the past two weeks, the saffron-robed Narsinghanand has gone from cackling with the cops about how a policeman will “be on our side” to cursing them – “you’re all going to die”, he said Thursday after the first arrest.

Clips of the Haridwar event – which was held from December 17-20 – were shared on social media and drew fierce criticism from former military leaders, retired judges, activists and even international tennis legend Martina Navratilova.

Those who organized the event and delivered the hate speeches claim they did nothing wrong.

“I am not ashamed of what I said. I am not afraid of the police. I stand by my statement,” said Prabodhanand Giri, often pictured with BJP leaders including the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, and his Uttarakhand counterpart, Pushkar Dhami. NDTV on December 23.

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