Indian Muslim filmmaker to become Hindu over ‘smiley emoticons’ on Bipin Rawat’s death news

A screengrab of the video taken near the chopper crash spot.

Kerala: Following the death of Indian chief of the defense staff General Bipin Rawat in a chopper crash, Indian filmmaker Ali Akbar said that he and his wife Lucyamma will convert to Hinduism and will no longer be Muslims.

Citing alleged ‘smiley emoticons’ below the posts and comments in social media related to the death of Rawat, Akbar, a Wayanad Kerala resident, said that even top leaders of Islam have not opposed such actions by people who “dishonored” the officer and he could not accept it.

He said he has lost faith in the religion and he posted a video on his Facebook page on Wednesday about it, a report published in Times of India said.

“Today, I am throwing away an attire I received by birth. From today onwards, I am not a Muslim. I am an Indian. That is my reply to those people who posted thousands of smiling emoticons against India,” Akbar said in the video.

In another post, the filmmaker said, “The nation should identify those who smile at the death of the CDS and punish them.”

Quoting Akbar, the report said that several “anti-national activities” happen on social media, and smiling on Rawat’s death was the latest example.

“Majority of the users who commented with smiling emoticons and celebrated the news of Rawat’s death were Muslims. They did this because Rawat had taken several actions against Pakistan and militants in Kashmir. Despite seeing these public posts, which insulted a brave officer and the nation, none of the top Muslim leaders reacted. I cannot be part of such a religion,” the report quoted the filmmaker as saying.

He said that though he and his wife will convert to Hinduism and would do the procedures to change the religious details in their official records, he will not force his two daughters to convert.

“It is their choice and I let them decide,” the report quoted the filmmaker who works in Malayalam cinema further saying.

In October this year, Akbar left the post of the state committee member of Bharatiya Janta Party following some disagreement with the party leadership.

Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Bank placed a woman employee under suspension for reacting with a ‘laugh emoji’ at a social media post on Rawat’s death.

The woman had reportedly reacted by the laughing emoji on a social media report about Bipin Rawat’s death.

”Despite repeated circulars issued from time to time against the misuse of social media platforms contrary to the interests/rules of the bank, in one such incident, one of our employees had made derogatory comments/remarks on social media on a tragic accident,” the bank stated in the letter of suspension.

On December 8, Rawat, his wife, and 11 others died following a chopper crash in Tamil Nadu.

The Indian Air Force Mi-17V5 helicopter was airborne from Sulur for Wellington.

“An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. An Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” the Indian Air Force tweeted soon after the incident.

The crash took place in the Nilgiris, shortly after the Mi-series chopper took off from the army base in Sulur.


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