Eshwarappa in trouble over hate speech

Shimoga, April 12 (IANS) Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa is in trouble for his alleged “hate speech” in the assembly poll-bound state.

A criminal case has been filed against him in his home town Shimoga, 280 km north of Bangalore, for a speech that allegedly provokes hatred between communities, a police spokesperson told reporters Friday.

Addressing a public function here Sunday, Eshwarappa had reportedly said that a number of young Hindu girls had become victims of “love jihad”, wherein Muslim youth allegedly lure Hindu women and dump them after exploiting them.

The case against Eshwarappa followed a complaint by Shimoga district Congress leaders that the deputy chief minister’s speech was aimed at instigating one community against the other and violated model code of conduct in force for the May 5 assembly polls.

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