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Kangana Ranaut Faces Another Complaint for Calling Protesting Farmers ‘Terrorists’

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Kangana Ranaut At The 'Cauvery Calling' Press Meet
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Kangana Ranaut, the Hindi actor who has courted controversy for her tweets criticising the ongoing farmers’ protest, was slapped with a complaint for the second time for calling the protesting farmers as “terrorists” in a tweet.

According to The New Indian Express, advocate Harshavardhan Patil filed a complaint against Ranaut on Monday at the Tilakwadi police station at Belagavi in Karnataka. The police are likely to register a First Information Report against her within 24 hours.

“I saw actress Ranaut has made a statement through her Twitter handle and the same was printed in The New Indian Express Belagavi edition and various other television news channels,” Patil said.

“I belong to a reputed farmers family at Belagavi and my family owns farmlands. And though I am a qualified lawyer by profession, I am actively involved in farming activities as it is my passion which I have inherited from my forefathers. The government of India has promulgated three farm laws. However, they are being opposed by several farmers from different parts of India. Now, it has become a bone of contention between the government and the farming community. But people like Kangana Ranaut, who do not possess any knowledge about farming activities and the problems faced by our farming families, are involved in making unwanted and unwarranted comments about the entire farming community of India time and again. Kangana Ranaut, who I hear is an actress, instead of showing compassion towards the farming community is addressing them as terrorists,” Patil said in his complaint.

According to Patil, Ranaut has been trying to provoke people to assault the farmers’ community and their families by making such derogatory remarks.

“If her statement is read keenly or meticulously, it can be seen that by addressing our nation as a vulnerable broken nation. Kangana Ranaut has also insulted the Indian Armed Forces and their capabilities and capacity. Her statements are not only causing insult and annoyance to the farming communities and their families, they are also giving cause for annoyance to our armed forces who have kept our country secured from any so-called vulnerabilities,” Patil said.

Patil said that he had filed a complaint against Ranaut under Sections 153, 153A, 503, 504, 505(1), 505(b), 505(c), 505(2), 506 of the Indian Penal Code. He mentioned that if the police fail to file FIR, he will file a private complaint in the court and insisted on suspending her Twitter account.

On February 4, Twitter removed several tweets by Ranaut and restricted her from tweeting for several hours stating “violation of the Twitter rules”. The actor, who has persistently termed the protesting farmers as “terrorists”, called Rihanna a “porn-singer” and Greta Thunberg a “dumbo kid” after they supported the farmers’ protest. She posted a derogatory reply to cricket player Rohit Sharma’s tweet and termed him a dhobi ka kutta (a worthless person who is unfit for any task), which Twitter removed.

In October 2020, the Karnataka police in Tumakuru had filed a case against Ranaut over her tweet regarding the three Farm Bills following the First-Class Judicial Magistrate Court’s order based on a complaint filed by Ramesh Naik, an advocate from Karnataka.

The advocate had sought action on Ranaut’s tweet posted on September 21, 2020 where she had called the protesting farmers as “terrorists”.

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