Ranchi girl who was asked to distribute Quran for bail to move HC

Richa Bharti, 19-year-old Ranchi girl, who was asked by a magistrate court to distribute copies of the Quran as punishment for an alleged communal post on Facebook, will move the High Court to challenge the order.

The bizarre order has triggered massive outrage across the country with the news trending on social media. The magistrate Manish Singh granted bail to Bharti on Monday on the condition that she will distribute five copies of the Muslim holy book to five educational institutions, including one to the petitioner Anjuman Islamia Committee. She has to submit the receipt of distributed copies to the court in 15 days.

Visibly unhappy with the order, she said she won’t take this lying down. “I have only shared the Facebook post. The person who posted it should have been arrested first. I will appeal against the court order in the High Court. Today I have been asked to distribute Quran and tomorrow I may be asked to accept Islam,” Richa told reporters.

The social media erupted in protest against the police action in a state ruled by BJP. Meanwhile, a drive was launched a fund-raising campaign on social media to meet her legal expenses.