Defamation case against UK rapper Hard Kaur for slamming Mohan Bhagwat and Yogi Adityanath
The police have booked her for sedition and defamation and slapped other charges
- Published 20.06.19, 8:07 PM
- Updated 20.06.19, 8:07 PM
- a min read
UK-based rapper Taran Kaur Dhillon aka Hard Kaur has been booked for sedition for posting allegedly objectionable remarks against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on social media.
The complaint was filed by Varanasi lawyer Shashank Shekhar on Wednesday, Cantonment station house officer Vijay Pratap Singh said.
The police have booked her for sedition (under IPC Section 124 A), promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds (153A), defamation (Section 500) and for intent to incite others (Section 505) and also Section 66 of the Information Technology Act.
In her Instagram post against Bhagwat, the rapper made some unsubstantiated accusations against the RSS chief and called him the "face of all problems in India".
In another post, she made charges against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath.
Hard Kaur is the second person booked for comments against Adityanath. A couple of weeks back, journalist Prashant Kanojia was arrested for a tweet on Adityanath. Kanojia was later given bail by the Supreme Court.
On Twitter, a section of people seemed to support her right to free speech.
Hard Kaur has been charged with sedition and 'waging war against Indian state' for social media posts on Yogi and Mohan Bhagwat whereas no one was ever charged for burning her father alive, her house, her mother's beauty parlour in Kanpur in 1984. Whatte system of this country!👏— ਪੰਜਾਬ ਨਾਗਰਿਕ (@akdwaaz) June 20, 2019
And here we go again. Sigh! This country is beyond repair. https://t.co/oSIHW6v4hx— Abhijit Iyer-Mitra (@Iyervval) June 20, 2019
People have a right to express dissent and criticise the government but every time people like @HardKaurWorld are slammed with sedition law in order to target the free voice. In solidarity with #HardKaur@bbcnewspunjabi @Dailypostpnbi— Kirtypal Singh (@KirtypalSingh) June 20, 2019
Another Twitter user points out that while there might be a case for defamation against Kaur, the current charges appear baseless.
How the hell is 124 A(sedition) applicable against Rapper Taran Kaur Dhillon aka Hard Kaur?— Ravi Kant ☀️ रवि कांत (@LegalKant) June 20, 2019
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat surely have the right to sue for defamation here. But that's pretty much it.
Police can even pursue 153A
Many Twitter users, however, slammed Hard Kaur. While some users pointed out that freedom of expression comes “with restrictions”, others went as far as to request the government to cancel Kaur’s Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card.
Spreading Hate Hard Kaur Hardly benefits Lady! Constitution of India also comes with rider on Freedom to Speech "with restrictions". Also, did you read/know how many Articles are there in this most sacred document! Go read..@myogiadityanath @Uppolice @RSSorg @HardKaurWorld https://t.co/AxnCi0JDv8— Preeti Bhardwaj (@pbdllm) June 20, 2019
Former actress and self proclaimed ‘yogi’ Payal Rohatgi said Kaur was under the influence of alcohol and these posts were indeed her "calling out 4 help".
Then there were those who used old videos of the rapper in an effort to slut-shame her.