SC stays proceedings against wink sensation Priya Varrier
The Supreme Court of India has stayed all proceedings against actress Priya Varrier. The court also issued notices to all states where cases have been filed.
The court was hearing a petition filed by wink sensation and Malayalam actress Priya Varrier who sought for the quashing of the FIRs lodged against her and the film makers.
The FIR had been lodged after some fringe groups said that a song in the film offended sentiments of Muslims. The court had agreed to hear the plea on an urgent basis.
Priya had become a sensation due to her expressions in the song 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi' in the yet to be completed Malayalam film 'Oru Adaar Love.
The petitioners said 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi', a Muslim folk song of the Malabar region of Kerala, was written in 1978 by PMA Jabbar in praise of the love between the Prophet Mohammed and his first wife Khadeeja.
"What is hard to fathom is that a song which has been in existence for the past 40 years, which was written, sung and cherished by the Muslim community in Kerala, is now being termed as an insult to the Prophet and his wife," said the director. Such flimsy and baseless complaints and FIRs cause nothing but hindrance to the freedom of speech and expression," the petitioners also contended.