Marathi Actress Ketki Chitale Faces Legal Consequences Over Comments On Atrocities Act

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Legal actions are being taken against Marathi Actress Ketki Chitale for her remarks about the Atrocities Act. A case has been filed against Marathi actor Ketaki Chitale for allegedly hurting sentiments by making statements concerning the SC-ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act), police said on Friday.

Speaking at the ‘Brahmin Ekya Parishad’ conference on February 25 in Parli, Maharashtra’s Beed district, Ketki Chitale allegedly called for a review of cases registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the last five years to determine how many were genuine.

She allegedly stated that information should be collected through the Right to Information Act because filing fake lawsuits under the Atrocities Act had become common.

Premnath Jagatkar, a local citizen, filed a complaint with the Parli city police station after hearing the speech online, stated a police official.

On February 29, a First Information Report was filed against Chitale and the conference organiser, Bajirao Dharmadhikari, under Indian Penal Code sections 295-A (hurting religious sentiments) and 505 (2) (statements causing animosity between classes), said the official.

No arrests have been made in this case.