The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday asked police in Uttar Pradesh to take action against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav for allegedly instigating hatred and ill-will against suspended BJP member Nupur Sharma.
The Supreme Court last week said Nupur Sharma “and her loose tongue had set the country on fire’ and that she needed to apologise”.
Nupur Sharma had made controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammad.
Mr Yadav said on Twitter: “Not only the face but the body should also apologise and should also be punished for disturbing the harmony of the country.”
सिर्फ़ मुख को नहीं शरीर को भी माफ़ी मांगनी चाहिए और देश में अशांति और सौहार्द बिगाड़ने की सज़ा भी मिलनी चाहिए। pic.twitter.com/KaQXIAutrt
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) July 1, 2022
In a letter to Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police D S Chauhan, NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said the tweet is “sheer instigation”. “The National Commission for Women has come across a Twitter post of Akhilesh Yadav instigating a feeling of hatred and ill-will against Nupur Sharma also, inciting communal disharmony between the two religious groups which is extremely condemnable,” Rekha Sharma said.
“Considering the gravity of the matter, you are required to take immediate action against Akhilesh Yadav…,” she wrote.
Rekha Sharma also termed the Samajwadi Party’s chief’s statement “unsolicited” as the matter is already being looked into by the judiciary.
“Nupur Sharma is already facing threat to her life and the tweet of Akhilesh is a sheer instigation to the general public to assault Sharma. A fair investigation must be accomplished in a time-bound manner,” she said.
She said the action taken must be apprised within three days.