On May 20, 2022, Delhi University Professor Rattan Lal was arrested by the Delhi Police. He was arrested for a social media post on Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque, which has been in the news for having an alleged shivling being found inside it. A Delhi court on Saturday, 21 May, granted bail to Delhi University Professor Ratan Lal, following his arrest the day before over an allegedly objectionable social media post in connection with claims of a shivling being found inside Varanasi’s Gyanvapi mosque.
Rattan Lal teaches History at the Hindu college. The complaint is that he had “intended to outrage religious beliefs” through his social media post.
The next day, i.e., on May 21, 2022, he was granted bail. Many students had come forwarded in Rattan Lal’s support and there had been protests against his arrest as well.
He was granted bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000 and surety on like amount.
The arrest of Rattan Lal is a development that is part of the series of repression taking place on every critical voice in the country. Human rights organisation the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) condemns outright the arrest of Professor Rattan Lal.
We also demand that the case against him be immediately scrapped. Cases like these are being filed against dissenting voices while no action is taken against the people making actual hate-speeches.
We stand in solidarity with Professor Rattan Lal, and urge other progressive organisations and individuals to resist the attack on dissenting voices, and protect our democracy.