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Mahua Moitra faces multiple complaints, 2 of them in Bengal. MP says ‘Bring it on’

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The controversy erupted after TMC MP Mahua Moitra said at a recent event that she had every right as “an individual to imagine Goddess Kaali as a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess”, as every person has the right to worship god and goddess in his or her own way.

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Multiple complaints were filed across states on Wednesday against Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra amid an uproar over her comment on Goddess Kaali. So far, two complaints were filed in her home state – West Bengal – and another one was lodged in Madhya Pradesh. While the BJP has lodged a complaint in Kolkata’s Bowbazar police station, a second complaint was filed in Raghunathpur.

In Madhya Pradesh, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered by the crime branch in capital Bhopal under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (outraging religious feelings).

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The controversy erupted after Moitra said at a recent event that she had every right as “an individual to imagine Goddess Kaali as a meat-eating and alcohol-accepting goddess”, as every person has the right to worship god and goddess in his or her own way. She made the statement when asked about a controversial poster of a film, titled ‘Kaali’, where the deity had been shown smoking cigarette along with the flag of the LGBTQ community behind her.

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While the Trinamool Congress has distanced itself from the party MP’s comments, her parliamentarian colleague Shashi Tharoor has extended support to her saying Moitra is being attacked for saying what every Hindu knows.

Amid condemnation from the BJP, Moitra has given an open challenge to saffron camp saying she is not afraid of anything, including its goons and police. “Bring it on BJP! Am a Kali worshipper. I am not afraid of anything. Not your ignoramuses. Not your goons. Not your police. And most certainly not your trolls. Truth doesn’t need back up forces.

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