Indian police arrest student for posting Pakistan Day wish

Indian police arrest student for posting Pakistan Day wish

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Representational image. — Reuters/File
Representational image. — Reuters/File 

KARNATAKA: A 25-year-old student in the Karnataka state of India has been arrested for allegedly posting a WhatsApp story in which she shared a Pakistan Day wish on March 23.

The woman, Kuthma Shiekh, posted a status on WhatsApp in Urdu that said: “Allah har mulk me ittihaad, aman, sukoon, ata farma maula [May God bless every nation with peace, unity, and harmony]”, according to Hindustan Times.

The police arrested the student after Indian activist Arun Kumar Bhajantri filed a complaint against Kuthma, claiming that the woman was “aiming to inflame ethnic tensions” and demanded to charge her with treason.

The woman was accused of breaking Indian Penal Code sections 153(A) “inciting hatred between groups based on religion, race, or other characteristics” and 505(2) “inciting hatred between groups based on religion, race, or other factors.”

The police arrested Kuthman on March 24. However, she was granted bail the next day. 

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