Actor Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday expressed support for suspended BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma, saying she was “entitled to her opinion” amid international condemnation over the politician’s controversial comments about the prophet Mohammed.
The BJP suspended Sharma on Sunday and expelled the media leader of the unit in Delhi, Naveen Kumar Jindal, as the row over their alleged derogatory comments against the prophet Mohammad escalated with protests from some Muslim countries.
In her Instagram story, Kangana also condemned death threats against Nupur Sharma and urged people to take the legal road if they wanted her to be held accountable for the comments she made during a TV debate nearly 10 days ago.
“Nupur is entitled to her opinion, I see all kinds of threats directed at her, when Hindu gods are insulted, which they do almost every day when we go to court, please don’t play donkey yourself… (sic)” the wrote the actor.
“…this is not Afghanistan, we have a functioning government elected through a process called democracy…just a reminder for those who keep forgetting,” she added.
Kangana’s statement comes hours after Delhi police provided security to Nupur Sharma and her family after she claimed she had received threats and was harassed for her comments.
Amid demonstrations by Muslim groups and the sharp response from countries such as Kuwait, Qatar and Iran, the BJP has issued a statement stating that it respects all religions and strongly denounces insults from any religious personality.
Nupur and Jindal’s comments, in now-deleted tweets, sparked a Twitter trend calling for a boycott of Indian products in the Arab world.
Actor Swara Bhasker shared a tweet from Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday evening condemning the incendiary remarks against the Prophet Mohammed and emphasizing the importance of respecting all religious beliefs.
“Oh hey @NupurSharmaBJP @navikakumar @TimesNow! I hope you celebrate the international disgrace that has brought your hate-filled commotion to India!’ Swara Bhasker wrote in her post on the microblogging website.
In a tweet referencing the controversy, “Bad Shark Do!” star Gushan Deviah said “freedom of speech cannot be absolute”.
“It has to carry the burden of social responsibility, but that differs from society to society. Telling someone not to get hurt after hurting them is all you have to do and in politics, such opportunities will be used appropriately,” Deviah added.
After suspending the party in Centrum, Nupur unconditionally withdrew her controversial statement, claiming her comments were in response to “continued insult and disrespect towards our Mahadev (Lord Shiva)”.
Actor Richa Chadha wondered if Nupur Sharma’s retraction of her comments could even be considered an apology.
“Is it even an apology if it’s extracted under pressure?” asked Richa.
With inputs from NDTV