2 Australian women booked in Kerala for tearing down pro-Palestine posters


FIR filed after Students Islamic Organisation pressured police to take action against the two tourists

australian woman bookedAccording to police, the tourists tore down a poster erected by the SIO near the Fort Kochi boat jetty on Monday night. (@Viveknarayan805/X)

The Kochi city police Tuesday registered a case against two Australian women tourists of Jewish origin for allegedly destroying pro-Palestine posters erected by the Students Islamic Organisation, the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami.

The FIR, registered at Fort Kochi police station, does not mention the names of the accused, but a case has been registered under IPC section 153 (wantonly giving provocation with the intent to cause riot, whether or not riot is committed). They were released from the police station as the offense is bailable.

According to police, the tourists tore down a poster erected by the SIO near the Fort Kochi boat jetty on Monday night. A few local youths questioned the women, which led to a heated debate between the two sides.

On Tuesday, SIO area leader K S Azeem filed a complaint with the local police seeking action against the women. SIO activists also traced one of the women to a homestay near Fort Kochi.

As police remained reluctant to take action on the complaint, SIO activists thronged the police station in large numbers on Tuesday night, demanding that the police register a case. The SIO also held a protest in front of the police station. As the crowd insisted that they would disperse only after a case is filed, police relented around midnight on Tuesday.

Police said the pro-Palestine posters were erected during the New Year. “There was no permission to erect the posters, but it was up to the local civic body to remove them from public places,” police said.

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First uploaded on: 17-04-2024 at 11:33 IST




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