A BJP politician from Delhi, Manish Singh, filed a complaint against Instagram with the Delhi police for the allegedly offensive portrayal of the Hindu deity Shiva in one of their GIFs, according to a picture of the complaint he posted on Twitter.

In the tweet posted in Hindi, loosely translated into English, Singh said, “Look at the audacity of Instagram. They show Mahadev’s (Shiva) picture with a glass of alcohol in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Instagram will suffer the consequences. ”Singh also said in the tweet that he has complained to the Delhi Police about the matter to file a case against the Instagram CEO and other officials under Sections 153A and 295A of India’s Criminal Code.

While police are investigating the complaint, Instagram appears to have removed the GIF from its repository. We asked Instagram for a comment. We also asked Singh to comment on whether he filed a complaint with the Facebook Complaints Officer.

What does the complaint say? : “Lord Shiva is worshiped by millions upon millions of Hindus as the Supreme God … By the above GIF, the accused intentionally and intentionally violates the feelings and feelings of millions and millions of Hindus, including the complainant … the GIF was done with the sole intention of incite followers of the Hindu community while promoting disharmony, hatred and enmity, ”said the complaint that Singh shared on Twitter.

Deputy Police Commissioner (New Delhi) Deepak Yadav was quoted by Hindustan times With the words: “We have received a complaint and an investigation has been started. All aspects of the complaint are examined and examined. So far, no initial information report (FIR) has been registered. “

While no FIR was reportedly filed in this case, the way Singh approached the police directly contradicts the point of the recently notified Information Technology Rules (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Ethics), 2021which requires social media companies to appoint a complaints officer to handle complaints like this one. Earlier social media companies had voiced their fear of “parallel criminal acts”.

In a letter to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, social media companies under the banner of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) warned that the rules would be undermined if people defied the rules and requested a language that was social -Media company and protected user rights.

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