BJP protest outside Arundhati`s residence

A group of BJP women activists on Sunday staged a demonstration outside writer Arundhati Roy`s residence in Chanakyapuri area here to protest against her views on Kashmir and government not taking action against her.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2010, 16:09 PM IST

New Delhi: A group of BJP women activists on Sunday staged a demonstration outside writer Arundhati Roy`s residence in Chanakyapuri area here to protest against her views on Kashmir and government not taking action against her.

Scores of BJP Mahila Morcha activists led by Delhi
unit chief Sikha Roy went to the writer`s residence and
shouted slogans against her for views favouring secession of
Kashmir from India, a senior police official said.

However, he said police rushed to Roy`s residence soon
after receiving a call about the protest but did not find any
activist.

"We will see the TV footage and find who is behind the
protest. As of now, we cannot deny or confirm anybody`s
involvement," he said.

Senior BJP leader Smriti Irani said the party
activists protested against Roy`s views on Kashmir and
government`s "inaction" in registering a case of sedition
against her.

"Roy is making comments against the country where she
lives in. Freedom of expression cannot be used as a blank
cheque. We want the government to take action against her,"
Irani told news agency over phone.

At a seminar in the capital on `Azadi--The Only
Way` earlier this month, Roy had said "Kashmir has never been
an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the
Indian government has accepted this."

She shared the dais with Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah
Geelani Roy and pro-Maoist intellectual Vara Vara Rao among
others. Geelani was heckled by a section of the audience with
one of them throwing a shoe.

Though there were calls for booking Roy and others
under sedition, Government had decided not to register any
case against them saying they did not want to give them undue
publicity.

Roy had said she only spoke what "millions of people"
in Kashmir say everyday for years. "Pity the nation that has
to silence its writers for speaking their minds," she had
said.

In another development, a group of Kashmiri Pandits
are likely to approach Saket Court tomorrow seeking
judiciary`s intervention in registering a case against Roy and
others for their stand on Kashmir.

"We have decided to approach court tomorrow asking
judiciary`s intervention in registering a case against Roy and
others," said Aditya Raj Kaul, an activist.

"The move comes as police did not take action on a
complaint filed by one Sushil Pandit," he claimed.

PTI