Teenager arrested for hurting religious sentiments in Ramban

JAMMU — A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Monday for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Muslim community in Ramban district, PTI reported.

According to the report, the teenager had uploaded a post on his social media account that triggered protests by the Muslim community.

The protesters blocked the main road near Maitra Chowk for an hour.

The protestors dispersing only after Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ramban, Mohita Sharma and Additional Deputy Commissioner Ramban, Harbans Lal Sharma assured quick action.

A case has been registered under relevant sections of the law against the accused who was also arrested, Sharma said.

She also appealed for communal harmony and brotherhood in the larger interest of peace in the region and warned of stern action against anyone found posting communally sensitive material on social media to create a divide in society.

The accused has been booked under relevant sections, including 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place or birth), of the Indian Penal Code, the police said.