Gujarat Police detain right-wing activist Kajal Hindustani in a case involving hate speech

On April 1, a communal fight broke out in the Gujarati town of Una as a result of the activist’s “hate speech” that was delivered on Ram Navami.

Kajal Hindustani, a right-wing activist, was detained on Sunday in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district for reportedly making a “hate speech” about Ram Navami that led to a racial altercation in the town of Una on April 1, according to police.

On Sunday morning in Una, Hindustani turned herself in to the police. She was then taken into jail and brought before a judge, who put her in judicial detention, a police officer said.

Hindustani frequently attends events put on by Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Her Twitter description describes her as an entrepreneur, research analyst, social activist, nationalist, and a “proud Indian.” She has more than 92,000 followers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On April 2, two days after she allegedly made a provocative speech at a Hindu community congregation hosted by the VHP on Ram Navami, a First Information Report (FIR) was filed against Hindustani under section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).

According to the police, there was a conflict between two communities and stone-throwing on April 1 night as a result of the communal unrest that persisted in Una for two days following Hindustani’s statement. More than 80 people, the most of whom were members of a minority community, were detained by police after filing a FIR against a mob and rioting.