Rightwing Hindu group files complaint against Gurmeet Ram Rahim for posing as Lord Vishnu

The All India Hindu Federation has lodged a complaint against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim for hurting religious sentiments by allegedly posing as Lord Vishnu in a video.

“We saw a video of Gurmeet Ram Rahim where he poses as Lord Vishnu, this has hurt religious sentiments of people,” said Nishant Sharma, President, All India Hindu Federation. The video shows the Dera chief in multiple outfits, not just the godly. Apart from playing the beatific Vishnu blessing the faithful, Ram Rahim also turns out in a fitted white tee and green pants that look like a cross between a patiala salwar and a silk night pant, posing near fountains and foliage while the bhajan-like background music drones on.

Screenshot from the video which is "offensive" to some rightwing Hindu groups

Screenshot from the video which is "offensive" to some rightwing Hindu groups

The complaint came a week after comedian Kiku Sharda was arrested for mimicking Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on his show. Kiku was arrested for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the self-styled godman’s followers.

Slamming the arrest of comedian Kiku Sharda last week, Congress said such actions make India look like a "tin pot republic" and the Haryana Police should be "ashamed" of carrying out the arrest.

Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said comedians like Kiku should be awarded, not arrested.

"Arrest of #kikusharda a slap on judicial system,where killing people is ok, but mimicking will land u in jail !

"V look like tin pot republic or like sum imploding nbours," he said in a series of tweets.

"As nation & as individuals v shd be proud to laugh at ourselves. Comedians like Palak shd be awarded not arrested. He makes us laugh so much"

The Haryana Police should be "ashamed" of carrying out the arrest, Singhvi said.

"V as nation & as persons esp Haryana Police shd b ashamed that comedian Sharda (palak) was arrested!V r proud of vibrant demo & free speech!".

Kiku Sharda was arrested by Haryana Police on Wednesday on a complaint alleging that he hurt religious sentiments by mocking Dera Sacha Sauda sect head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

With PTI

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Updated Date: Jan 19, 2016 18:06:34 IST

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