Manish Singh, a Delhi-based BJP worker, filed a complaint against Instagram with the Delhi Police for the alleged offensive portrayal of Hindu deity Shiva in one of its GIFs, according to a picture of the complaint he posted on Twitter.
In the posted tweet, he talks about Instagram’s audacity to post Mahadev’s picture with an alcohol glass on one hand and mobile on the other. He further added that Instagram would face the consequences for this.
The tweet further state Delhi Police to file a case against Instagram CEO and other officials under Section 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code.
As the police looked into the complaint, they noticed that Instagram has appeared to remove the GIF from its repository.
The complainant accused Instagram of deliberately and intentionally hurting the feeling and sentiments of millions and millions of Hindus, including the complainant and added that the sole intention of the GIF was to incite the followers of the Hindu community and, in the process, promote disharmony, hatred and enmity.
New Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Deepak Yadav, while talking to media, said that Delhi Police had initiated an inquiry and no first information report (FIR) has been registered yet.
As Singh directly approached the police, it defeats the purpose of the recently issued Information Technology Rules,2021.
Under this, social media companies are required to appoint a grievance officer to address complaints like this. Under the banner of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), social media companies have very recently written a letter to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The letter warned that the rules would be undermined if people continued to go to the police despite the rules and asked for a language that protected social media companies and the users’ rights.
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