Vir Das’ comedy show canceled in Bengaluru after protest by Hindu outfits


Bangalore: Comedian Vir Das’ scheduled show in Bengaluru on Thursday evening was canceled at the last minute following protests by right-wing Hindu organisations, media reported.

According to the UNI news agency, the cancellation followed a complaint by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) police demanding that the show be canceled “as it hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus”.

“Hey guys. Due to unavoidable circumstances we are pushing the Bengaluru show. New details and dates soon. Sorry for the inconvenience,” Das wrote on his Instagram account.

According to available information, the show was scheduled to take place at 5.30 pm at the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall in Malleswaram.

The HJS had filed the complaint at the Vyalikaval police station on Monday against the show and demanded that the police not allow the show in communally sensitive areas as Karnataka faces tension due to communal incidents, said the UNI report.

“Such shows or events have the potential to vitiate law and order situations and should not be allowed to take place. We demand the cancellation of this event with immediate effect,” HJS said.

Welcoming the show’s cancellation, HJS spokesperson Mohan Gowda said the comedian has insulted India, its women and the Hindu religion.

“We had lodged a complaint at Vyalikawal police station against the show. Due to an agitation by Hindu organisations, the show has been cancelled. Whenever these people insult Hinduism in the name of comedy they they should boycott,” Gowda said in a statement, news agency PTI reports.

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