Here's why 1 lakh Muslims are demanding death penalty for Kamlesh Tiwari

Kamlesh Tiwari made an inflammatory statement reportedly after Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan said that RSS leaders are homosexuals and that is why they don’t get married.

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All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) supporters taking out a protest rally against Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari over his remarks against Prophet Muhammad in New Delhi

Self-proclaimed Hindu Mahasabha activist Kamlesh Tiwari is in trouble for making derogatory remarks against Muslims and Prophet Mohammed. Angry about his remarks, one lakh Muslims gathered in Muzaffarnagar to demand death penalty for Tiwari.

On December 3, Kamlesh Tiwari, in a press note issued by him, claimed that Prophet Mohammed was the first homosexual. His statement reportedly came after Samajwadi Party minister Azam Khan had said that RSS leaders are homosexuals and this is why they don’t get married.

Azam Khan’s remarks had come after Arun Jaitley had spoken up against Section 377 and said that the Supreme Court judgement on gay sex should be reconsidered.  Arun Jaitley had said: “Supreme Court's 2014 verdict banning gay sex is not in accordance with evolving legal jurisprudence and court needs to reconsider it.”

Tiwari had been arrested in Lucknow the same day, and he was disowned by the Hindu Mahasabha who claimed that he wasn’t part of the outfit. The group said that the BJP and RSS had made up the fact to tarnish their image.

According to a report, Samajwadi Party's media convener Javed Ansari said that the protestors had two demands:

  1. Death penalty for Kamlesh Tiwari which should exist for anyone who insults the Prophet
  2. Stricter laws against religious leaders who make hate speeches

On the other hand, Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad has demanded capital punishment against Azam Khan for his statements. The Indian Express  quoted him as saying: “All this happened due to conspiracy of Hindu Mahasabha and the minister (Azam) so that Muslims and Hindus continue fighting and votes are divided... This Muslim minister is tarnishing the image of the government. After his controversial statement, Tiwari gathered courage to issue derogatory statement against Prophet Muhammad.”

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