Facebook Removes Srijato’s Poem ‘Curse’, Case Filed Against Him

The poem was removed after a student lodged a criminal case against Srijato for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments

Facebook has removed a controversial poem of poet Srijato Bandyopadhyay after a Siliguri student lodged a criminal case against him for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of the Hindus.

The removal of 12-line poem 'Curse,' posted on Facebook on 19 March, the day Yogi Adityanath was sworn-in as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, follows the poet complaining to the police of having received threats over the poem.

Srijato BandyopadhyayI have seen today that the Facebook authorities have removed the poem.

He said many comments, which were on his wall after the poem was posted, were of "extremely poor taste".

The student, a member of the group Hindu Samhati, had in his complaint said that Srijato's poem, particularly its last two lines, hurt Hindus' religious sentiments.

The police had registered the case on 22 March and the charge, if proved, carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and/or fine.

Early this week on Thursday, the poet went to the Kolkata police headquarters and met senior police officials over the alleged objectionable posts on his Facebook wall in reaction to the poem posted by him.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on the same evening told a TV news channel that "There will be no problem (for the poet) and I will take full care.”

Chief Minister Mamata BanerjeeI have asked the police to conduct an investigation into the matter and submit the report to me. Do not worry.