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Sedition charges framed against Muslim women activist for calling BJP governor “bio-weapon”

TBL web desk

A sedition case under section 124 A of IPC has been registered against the resident of Lakshadweep and film activist Aisha Sultana at Kavaratti police station on Thursday after a complaint by BJP’S Lakshadweep unit president C Abdul Khader Haji.

The complaint is registered for her remarks against the Union Territory’s administrator Prarul K Patel. She, in a recent debate on the Malayalam channel ‘MediaOne TV’ on the recent controversial reforms in Lakshadweep, called Praful K Patel a “bio-weapon” used by the centre on the islands. Her comment sparked protests from Lakshadweep’s BJP unit. Complaints against her were filed in Kerala as well by the BJP workers.

Aisha has been participating actively in the campaigns against the proposed legislation and reforms, which have impacted not only Lakshadweep but Kerala as well.

She shared a post on her official Facebook account justifying her comments on the Administrator, “I had used the word bio-weapon in the TV channel debate. I have felt Patel as well as his policies [have acted] as a bio-weapon. It was through Patel and his entourage that Covid-19 spread in Lakshadweep. I have compared Patel as a bioweapon, not the government or the country…. You should understand. What else should I call him…”

Lakshadweep Sahitya Pravarthaka Sangam has supported her. The organization’s spokesperson, K Bahir on Thursday said, “It is not proper to depict her as anti-national. She had reacted against the inhumane approach of the administrator. It was Patel’s interventions that made Lakshadweep a Covid-affected area. The cultural community in Lakshadweep would stand with her.”

UT Administration while defending Patel’s controversial proposals said that his proposals are meant to ensure the safety and well-being of the locals while promoting the islands as a tourist destination on par with the Maldives. Residents of Lakshadweep on the other hand look at these proposals as a threat to the local and cultural fabric of the islands.

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