Bangla Version Friday 28 April, 2017
Sakshi Maharaj comment on 'population explosion': Meerut Police files FIR
Published: 09:16 AM 07-01-2017 Update: 09:16 AM 07-01-2017

The Meerut Police today filed an FIR against BJP leader Sakshi Maharaj, who on Friday controversially said - without naming Muslims - that those entitled to marry four times and have 40 children are responsible for the country's population explosion.

Police filed the FIR under several sections of the Indian Penal Code, including section 298 (Uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person) and 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class)Maharaj's exact words were: "The Hindu is not responsible for the population explosion (in India). It is those who keep four wives and produce 40 children...If Hindu numbers go down, the country will be divided."

The BJP leader defended his comments today, saying he only meant that a woman isn't a (child-bearing) machine.

"I said a woman is not a machine. Four wives, 40 children, three divorces, all this is not acceptable," he said.

The Bahujan Samaj Party has accused Maharaj of playing divisive politics, and has asked that the Election Commission take action against him.

The EC today sought a report from the Meerut district administration about Maharaj's comment.


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