New Delhi, May 7 : Delhi's Tis Hazari court on Thursday ordered registration of FIR against two women for allegedly disrupting communal harmony by making communally sensitive remarks in an area in the national capital.
Metropolitan Magistrate Rishabh Kapoor stated that prima facie commission of cognisable offences were made out against Mamta and Suraiya.
"If incidents like the one are not taken to law, it will lead to communal disharmony and disturbance in public peace and tranquillity, for which the nation is not prepared in the present time of ongoing Covid crisis," the court observed.
The court ordered registration of FIR against the duo for offences such as promoting enmity between religious groups, outraging religious feelings and disobedience of public servants under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The applicant had sought lodging of FIR against the women who on April 16 attempted to disrupt communal harmony by imputing communally sensitive remarks in Delhi's Lal Kuan area.
Regardless of the nationwide lockdown, Mamta and Suraiya roamed in the locality freely and caused public annoyance by smashing the doors of residences and shops with a rod.
It was further alleged that the area of occurrence is a sensitive area which has already witnessed a communal dispute regarding some parking issue.
The court was informed that the incident was captured on camera and even uploaded on YouTube.
The applicant reported the incident to the Station House Officer of Hauz Qazi Police Station on the same day, but no FIR was registered. They also reported it to the concerned DCP through email, but no action was taken, the applicant claimed.
Delhi Police in the Action Taken Report contended no cognisable offence had been committed. One of the women was carrying a stick in her hand and although there was a heated exchange between the women and the inhabitants of the locality, no religious comments were passed, they asserted.
The court, however, stated that perusal of the case record showed that the nature of the remarks passed by the women had been specifically narrated and was also supported by an affidavit filed by the applicant.