A complaint has been given Chennai police commissioner seeking action against Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) founder and Chidambaram MP Thol Thirumavalavan to stop his so-called version of BBC documentary, which is banned in India. He also sought the registration of an FIR against him.
Advocate B Ramaswamy, who practices in Supreme Court and Madras High Court, lodged a line complaint to Greater Chennai Police Commissioner on February 4. They wanted the police to register a case against Thirumavalvan and take necessary action to prevent him from making hate speeches about Prime Minister Modi and stop his so-called translated version of the BBC documentary, which is proscribed in India.
He also wanted the police to arrest him to ensure he would not repeat any hate speech among the public.
The advocate also urged the police to arrest him for the wrong information he gave to the nation, which motivated the youth of Bharat in the wrong direction and created communal conflicts.
Ramaswamy said that Thirumavalavan claimed that the banned “so-called BBC documentary” proves that PM is the accused and culprit.
He wanted Prime Minister must be punished, and he must step down due to the killer PM accusation. By screening the banned documentary, he said, Thirumavalavan wanted to create tension and communal conflict.
The advocate cited the VCK leader abusing the police and making road shows without permission. “His acts are motivated, and it is unfortunate Thirumavalavan who took the oath and working the preview of the People Representation Act where repeated lies and manipulation of fact may lead to sufficient cause to punish him”.
The first screening of the Tamil-dubbed version of the documentary, which the Union Government banned, was held on February 5 at the party headquarters ‘Ambedkar Thidal’ in Chennai. In that function, Thol.
Thirumavalavan stated, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grown and reached the top by spreading hate and letting loose violence, claiming that only he can do such things. That’s how he grew from a state-level leader to a national leader.
Modi has not come to the top by pursuing ideological politics or fighting for the welfare of the poor and the working class”.
He also said, “Many people have been seen criticising Periyarism and the likes of VCK and Dravader Kazhagam. It does not say that the party or its policies should be criticised. But more important now is Modi’s politics of hate. How do you think Modi will counter the hatred spewed out?
The “politics of hate” practised by Modi must be opposed. One should remember the consequences if Modi comes to power again, and discussions must be taken forward regarding this”.
He also said, “It was Advani who should have come to power after Vajpayee. But Modi and Amit Shah planted violence after the Godhra train burning incident. They strategised well-planned riots against the minorities, which made the RSS pick him as a Prime-Ministerial candidate”.
VCK leader said, “It was Advani who should have come to power after Vajpayee. But Modi and Amit Shah planted violence after the Godhra train burning incident. They strategised well-planned riots against the minorities, which made the RSS pick him as a prime-ministerial candidate”.
VCK leader and Member of Parliament from Villupuram constituency D. Ravikumar, Tamil movie director Vettrimaran, and Dravidar Kazhagam leader Kali Poonkundran and others were present at the screening of the documentary and the exhibition that was held at the party office.
This was the first time Thirumavalavan, known as rabid hindu phobic, made controversial and hate speeches. He said, “All women are prostitutes as per Hindu Dharma…Manu Dharma… All women are prostitutes. That’s how God created them… they’re of a status lower than men. It applies to Brahmin women as well as to other women”.
He said, “Brahmin girls and other upper-caste Hindu women prefer Dalits for their sexual vitality and ability.
In a meeting called to condemn the demolition of the Babri mosque, Thirumavalavan said that the famous Hindu temples in Thirumala Tirupathi, Sri Rangam and Kanchi were built on Buddhist shrines after demolishing them. Hence, these Hindu temples should be demolished.
Attack on Sanatana Dharma continues unabated, with VCK chief Tirumavalavan misquoting Manu Smriti, evoking protests across TN by Hindu organisations and BJP. He said, “Sanatan is worse than alcohol”. VCK, which taunts as the champions of Dalits, but plays second fiddle to the ruling DMK. He had said, “if a structure is built like a dome it is a Mosque; if there is a tall tower like structure, it is a Church; if there are ugly figurines, it is a Hindu temple”.
In January 2019, he organised a conference called ‘Uproot Sanatana Dharma’ in which leaders from DMK, the Communist Party of India, MDMK, Dravidar Kazhagam, and Puducherry CM Narayanasami of the Congress, and numerous others attended.
Questioning the birth of Swami Ayyappa, Thirumavalavan said, “babies are born when a man and woman have intercourse..this is what science says, and this is rational…but Sanatana Dharma says Ayyappa was born to two men. He was born when Maha Vishnu and Maha Sivan had intercourse… Yes, that’s what Sanatana dharma says”. Thirumavalavan, believed to be converted to Christianity, maintains his SC identity to contest reserve constituencies and enjoy other benefits, stoking controversies.
Despite multiple complaints against him by Hindu organisations, he is yet to be brought before the law. It should be noted that while hearing a hate speech case, apex court Justice Joseph remarked, “When you claim freedom of speech and expression, you must act as you deserve it. Otherwise, what dignity is left for us”?” We are contemplating a separate amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code,” Centre told the court. In July last year, the top court had directed the Union Home Ministry to prepare a detailed chart outlining the State’s compliance with its general directions in the judgments of Shakti Vahini and Tehseen Poonawalla towards curbing hate speech.
“Dravidian stock Government, which acts immediately after receiving the complaints against Hindu leaders and slapping Goondas Act, is not showing the same zeal in hate speeches made by minority community leaders, rabid Hindu phobics like Thirumavalalvan, K Veeramani, DMK chief M K Stalin, his son Udahayanidhi Stalin and his aunt Kanimozhi, former minister A Raja and others with the same spirit,” says journalist Pasuthai Ganesan