In a rather shocking verdict, a ranchi Court has ordered a student to distribute copies of Islamic holy book, the Quran as a condition for bail. The student, Richa Singh had allegedly made communally charged posts on social media.
The judicial magistrate Manish Singh allowed bail to the accused, Richa Bharti, while directing her to donate one copy of the religious text to Sadar Anjuman Islamia Committee and four copies to the libraries of various schools and colleges.
Ramparvesh Singh, lawyer appearing on behalf of the accused, said, “The court has given conditional bail stating that the girl will gift one copy to Anjuman Islamia in the presence of the administration and take a receipt. She would distribute four texts of the Quran to various libraries through the local police station. She has to submit the five receipts before the court within 15 days.”
Meanwhile the accused while speaking to a private satellite channel, has made it clear that she would not be following the verdict. She said, “today I’m being asked to distribute Quran, tomorrow they will ask me to convert to Islam.”
A case was registered with the Pithoria police station when the girl shared a message on Facebook which allegedly had a communal content. Subsequently, the police arrested her and put her in jail but the action drew strong protests from the local community, including members of right wing Hindu organizations.
On Saturday, the locals staged a dharna in front of Pithoria police station which was withdrawn after the rural SP Ashutosh Shekhar assured that the accused will be released soon.