SC quashes case against Priya Prakash

Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier, who became an internet sensation with a wink, has finally found respite with the Supreme Court quashing the criminal case against her and director of her upcoming film, Omar Lulu.

They had moved Supreme Court in February after the Hyderabad and Maharashtra police had registered cases against the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from her film Oru Adaar Love, after complaints were filed claiming that the lyrics of the song hurt Islamic sentiments.

The complainants alleged that the ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ song featuring her had a reference to the wife of Prophet Mohammad. An FIR was registered against the 18-year-old actor in a Hyderabad police station by a person claiming that the song had hurt the religious sentiments. A number of criminal complaints were also filed by people and organisations in Mumbai, who demanded that the song be taken down.

In her petition, she asserted that the song was a traditional one sung by Muslims in north Kerala’s Malabar region. It describes and praises the love between the Prophet Mohammed and his first wife Khadeeja and this has been misunderstood by the complainants.

In a strongly wroded disapproval of the Telangana police action in registering a case in this regard, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, “Somebody in a film sings a song and you have no other job but to file a case?” The Supreme Court bench also said that the petitioners in the case had argued that the song has been sung in Kerala since 1978.

The defendant in the case, Mohammad Khan said that the song has hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community. He said that he had no objection to the song being used in the film but has a problem with how it has been picturised.

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