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Karnataka author says Lord Ram was not God, booked for insult

Academician and author KS Bhagwan has been charged for allegedly insulting Lord Ram in his book, police said on Tuesday. The Kannada book “Rama Mandira Yeke Beda” (Why Ram temple is not required) claims Ram was not a God and he suffered from weaknesses just as any other human being.

A complaint was lodged by Hindu Jagaran Vedike Mysuru district president K Jagadish Hebbar on Saturday against Mr Bhagwan’s alleged derogatory references to Lord Ram in his book, police said. Mr Bhagwan has made unflattering observations about Lord Ram’s character in his book.

Pro-Hindu activists had staged a demonstration in front of his house and courted arrest. BJP’s Karnataka unit also had targeted Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy over his “silence” on the issue and demanded that the author be arrested immediately.

State senior BJP leader and MLA S Suresh Kumar had said in a Facebook post that the state government had two choices “either it should jail Mr Bhagwan or send him to mental hospital”.

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