Aligarh: A 42-year-old Muslim man was beaten up by two of his neighbours for reciting Bhagavad Gita at his residence in Delhi Gate police station area.

According to a report by The Indian Express, police said Dilsher Khan was reciting from the holy book Thursday morning when Mohammad Sameer (20) and Zakir (21) entered his house and assaulted him. The duo had also objected him reciting the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana several times.

“On Thursday morning, the two barged into Dilsher’s residence and started beating him up. Dilsher’s family members intervened. Dilsher claimed that the two then left his house, but took the holy books with them,” said the SHO.

On Friday, the suspects Sameer and Zakir were produced before a local court, which sent them to judicial custody. After Khan’s complaint, an FIR was registered against the duo under IPC sections 298 (Uttering, words, etc, with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person), 452 (House-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

In another incident that took place in Khatauli area of Muzaffarnagar, a 35-year-old man allegedly damaged a glass frame of an idol inside a religious structure of a different community. The man had come to attend a religious event in Muzaffarnagar from his native place Bulandshahr district.

Angry local residents beat him up after he broke the idol and handed him over to the police. They even demanded strict action against him and staged a protest for the cause.

On the basis of a complaint, an FIR was registered against him under IPC sections 298 (Uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person), 295 (Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 427 (Mischief causing damage to the amount Rs 50), said Khatauli police station SHO Harsaran Sharma.

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Later, police produced the man before a local court of Muzaffarnagar, which sent him to judicial custody, he added. “The complainant alleged that the accused tried to desecrate the idol, but failed. When questioned, the suspect kept changing his statement and did not reveal his motive,” said Sharma.

These incidents only give a picture of how we as humans consider religion or any other worldly thing over humanity. If someone is happy reading a religious book other than their religion’s, it is entirely their choice because that gives them peace and that doesn’t mean that they are disrespectful to theirs. We as humans should be understanding and concerned about the choices other people make if it doesn’t do any harm to others.
We should be comfortable with other religions and with people following the same. After all, there’s one thing every religion teaches us, to spread love, be good and to be human.

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