Sri Ram Sena - Sena Acts in 2008

Sena Acts in 2008

On 24 August 2008, the Sri Ram Sena protested against an Exhibition of M F Hussain's paintings in Delhi, claiming that the art was 'indecent' and offensive to Hindu culture, despite the fact that nudity in the depiction of gods and goddesses has been common for millennia. Sri Ram Sena claimed that Hussain had painted Hindu gods in a derogatory manner, including a nude representation of Bharat Mata (Mother India). The exhibition had been organized by SAHMAT, an NGO, to protest against the exclusion of Husain’s works from the concurrent India Art Summit.

The Sri Ram Sena has repeatedly spoken out against the celebration of Valentine's Day in its current form. Instead it believes in the practice of distributing sweets.

The group is mentioned in the charge sheet filed by the Maharashtra Police following the 2006 Malegaon blasts. In the transcript of a conversation, the prime accused, Prasad Shrikant Purohit, is heard praising the Shri Ram Sena and calling Pramod Muthalik its leader. In an interview given to a website, Muthalik staunchly defended Pragya Singh Thakur, another of the accused, saying she was innocent. An investigation found that neither the Sri Ram Sena nor Muthalik were involved in the blasts. In an interview with Rediff.com, Muthalik said, "Look at the Hubli case where so many terrorists were arrested. These arrests helped in cracking a nation-wide nexus of the Students Islamic Movement of India. It was our boys who gave information about these terrorists and on the basis of our information the police nabbed these anti-national elements."

On 27 October 2008, activists of the Sri Ram Sena ransacked the central office of the Samajwadi Party in New Delhi, in retaliation for defamatory comments alleged to have been made by the Samajwadi leadership against slain Delhi Police Inspector M C Sharma. Taking responsibility for the attack, the Sri Ram Sena's national general secretary Binay Kumar Singh told PTI that he and his supporters had entered the premises of the Samajwadi Party office and damaged some vehicles parked inside, as well as furniture and hoardings.

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