The current trending individual on social media circuits is a young 18 year old girl going by the name of Priya Varrier. The song from her upcoming Malayalam film titled ‘Oru Adaar Love’ has been the most trending video that has circulated all over social media platforms. However, this young girl has been entwined in another controversy which is behind the camera.
An FIR was registered in Maharashtra and Telangana for the song titled “Manikya Malaraya Poovi” on the ground that the song has hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslim community. The complaint states that the song insults the Prophet Mohammed and his wife and in turn has hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community.
The actress has filed a Writ Petition before the Supreme Court seeking to quash the FIR’s registered against her and the director of the film on the reasoning that the FIR bears no legal ground as there has been an inaccurate interpretation of the actual meaning of the song. The Counsel appearing for the Petitioners, Advocates Haris Beeran and Pallavi Pratap, argued vehemently that the song is originally a poem that was written in 1978 by PMA Jabbar and was first sung by Thalassery Rafeeq, praising the Prophet and his wife Beevi Khadija. Since that time, it has been nearly 40 years since it was last sung and none from the Muslim community have objected to the same.
The Petitioners pled that the filing of the FIR and criminal complaints have acted as a threat to the life of the actress and her family and are violative of her Fundamental Rights under Article 19(1)(a)- Freedom of Speech and Expression; 19(1)(g)- Freedom to practice any profession or conduct any trade or business; and 21- Freedom of Life and Personal Liberty of the Constitution of India and they ought to be quashed/dismissed. The Petitioners have also sought for a directive prohibiting the states from registering any FIR’s or initiating any criminal proceedings on the ground .that the lyrics of the song are allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of any particular community. The Apex Court shall decide upon the merits of the criminal complaints and FIR’s to confirm with the plea of this Writ Petition.
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