By Maktoob Staff

Following a protest and hate campaign by the Hindutva student outfit ABVP against a play at the annual cultural festival at Pondicherry University, the Kalapet Police have now suo moto registered a case against certain students and others on charges of “outraging religious feelings” while staging the play.

The police registered the case following a protest by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, an affiliated organization of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), on the campus on the night of March 30, 2024.

The right-wing students alleged that characters from the epic Ramayana were depicted in an objectionable manner while staging a play titled Somayanam.

The play was staged on March 29 as part of the festival organized by the Department of Performing Arts, Pondicherry University.

“We have registered a case against those involved, including the director and scriptwriter, in staging the play. The Kalapet Police have started the inquiry,” a senior police officer told The Hindu.

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