Amidst protests Ranchi Court Drops ‘Donate Quran’ Order for Ranchi Woman Over ‘Communal’ Post

Ranchi: Amidst the protests against the court’s order to donate Quran for conditional bail for a ‘Communal’ Post, the court on Wednesday canceled its order. The court had asked a college girl, arrested for an offensive Facebook post, to donate copies of the Quran as a pre-condition for bail. The court changing its order allowed her regular bail by furnishing a bail bond of Rs 7,000 and two sureties of like amount each.

Modifying Tuesday’s order, Judicial Magistrate Manish Kumar Singh said the court has granted a petition filed by the investigating officer cum-officer-in- charge of Pretoria police station praying for doing away with the condition of donating copies of the Quran because of the ‘difficulties in its implementation’. The court retained its condition that one of the bailers should be a local resident of Ranchi district and another must be a relative of the petitioner.

The country witnessed a huge array of protests on the court’s decision. Lawyers of the Ranchi civil court Wednesday boycotted the court in protest against the order asking the girl to distribute copies of the holy book of Muslims. However, they ended the boycott at 4 pm following the modification in the order. The incident had also evoked a huge outcry on social media, with the hashtag #RichaBharti trending on Twitter on Tuesday.

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