Indian Blogger Arrested on Charges of Blasphemy

Image: Friendly Atheist
Image: Friendly Atheist
32-year-old atheist blogger Tarak Biswas was arrested in Kolkata (India) last week after he reposted an image critical of Islam on Facebook and officials were called in to stop the apparent madness.

By Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist

Sanaullah Khan, a Muslim leader from the Trinamool Congress party, played the role of accuser, whining about his hurt feelings to the local police, who then arrested Biswas.

Locals allege that the police picked up Biswas from his residence in the wee hours of Thursday night. According to the police, Tarak was arrested on charges of 295 A, 298 of the Indian Penal Code (hurting religious sentiments and hate speech), besides 66, 67 and 67A of the IT Act (posting, sending offensive messages through communication services). Later, he was produced before the local court, where he was remanded to seven days of police custody.

That police custody is now over, but Biswas still faces a more severe penalty and will appear in court next week to defend himself.

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