Ranchi girl held for 'communal' FB post granted bail on condition of distributing Quran; she says 'No'
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Ranchi girl held for ‘communal’ FB post granted bail on condition of distributing Quran

A Ranchi court on Tuesday granted bail to Richa Bharti, a young woman arrested for sharing an objectionable post with an allegedly communal content on Facebook. However, she was given bail on the condition that she would have to distribute five copies of the religious text Quran at different organisations, to which, the girl said: “I am not ready to distribute Qurans.”

The judicial magistrate Manish Singh allowed bail to the accused, Richa Bharti, while directing her to donate one copy of the religious text to Sadar Anjuman Islamia Committee and four copies to the libraries of various schools and colleges.

However, after being granted bail by the local court, she had been asked to distribute five Qurans.

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Expressing her dissent, she quoted by Zee News saying: “I am not ready to distribute Qurans. There are lots of Muslims who post a lot of wrong things. There’s no action against them. Like Faizu had posted a video on TikTok saying if Muslims become terrorists, then one shouldn’t blame them.” 

A case was registered with the Pithoria police station when the girl shared a message on Facebook which allegedly had a communal content. Subsequently, the police arrested her and put her in jail but the action drew strong protests from the local community, including members of right wing Hindu organizations. On Saturday, they’d staged a dharna outside the local police station.

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