Mumbai-based lawyer seeks FIR against Kangana Ranaut for alleged ‘casteist slurs’

In a letter to the Mumbai Police, Advocate Prakash Wagh alleged that actor Kangana Ranaut’s tweets reflect that she is “completely against the reservation policy [caste-based reservation]”.

File photo of actor Kangana Ranaut (Photo Credits: PTI)

Actor Kangana Ranaut and her Twitter handle seldom fail to make headlines. This time around, the Padma Shri recipient landed in trouble over her tweets after a lawyer wrote a complaint to the Mumbai Police seeking the registration of an FIR against Ranaut.

A resident of Mumbai, advocate Prakash Wagh said in a letter to Tilak Nagar police station that casteist slurs used by actor Kangana Ranaut hurt his feelings. Wagh also sent a copy of the letter to Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh. Prakash Wagh, who hails from the Mahar community, said he is a member of the Scheduled Caste.

In his letter, Wagh attached a few of Kangana Ranaut’s social media posts from the past few months. The advocate alleged that Ranaut’s tweets reflect that she is “completely against the reservation policy”.

“Kangana Ranaut categorically stated in the said tweet that the people who enjoy caste-based reservation are nothing but enjoying sadistic pleasure. This is not a pleasure but a policy to uplift the poor and deprived sections of society such as people from SC/ST and other oppressed categories,” Prakash Wagh said in his letter.

Wagh’s complaint states that Ranaut is trying to “show public at large that the people from reserved category are undeserving, unworthy and because of them nation suffers. I say that these all tweets of Kangana Ranaut shows her grudge against the people of reserved category. Though, I am sure that because of such policy of reservation she has not been suffered any harm and prejudice.”

In his letter, advocate Prakash Wagh requested the Mumbai Police to register “FIR against her [Kangana Ranaut] under Section 3(1)(x) of The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and offences under other provisions of law.”

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