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Journalist posts sarcastic comment on award to rape victim, gets booked

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MP Home Minister Bhupendra Singh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh hinted at giving a rape victim the Padmavati award: Screengrab | ANI

Bhopal: A Madhya Pradesh journalist has been booked for "disrespectful" comments directed at rape victims after state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh hinted at giving a rape victim the Padmavati award.

Neemuch-based senior journalist Jinendra Surana wrote on his Facebook wall: "Get raped in Madhya Pradesh to get the Padmavati award. The government's new announcement." A lot of people commented on it.

Khargone Deputy Inspector General A.K. Pandey told IANS: "Surana's post was obscene and could have instigated others to commit similar crimes. Consequently, taking suo moto cognizance of the incident, we registered an FIR."

He said the probe is on and police is trying to see what action can be taken against those who commented on the post.

Surana has defended his post saying he was being "sarcastic", and said if sarcasm and humor are treated as criminal offenses, people will stop speaking their mind.

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