The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, who is known for challenging the protocols perpetually triggered controversy by wiping with the tri-colour flag by which means, the PM of India had insulted the flag.
There is a complaint filed against the PM in Puducherry for his action of wiping his face with the Indian flag at Janpath, New Delhi during a Yoga session. The act was caught on camera and is triggering the netizens.
On the Yoga Day, Narendra Modi was dressed in a simple kurta and Pyjama sporting a stole around his neck, designed in Indian tri-colours – white, saffron and green.
In the 35-minute long Yoga session, Modi was seen tired and used the stole to wipe off the sweat from his face. This moment is being shared hugely on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook with the taglines, Here was a PM, Insulting the nation, first by using the flag as an accessory and then by wiping his face with it.
The case against the Prime Minister was filed by Puducherry Dalit activist V Sundar, at Orleanpet Police station for insulting the national flag. V Sundar also happens to be the administrator of the WhatsApp group Puducherry Poraligal Kuzhu.
Anyone who has an idea about Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act, 1971 as amended in 2003, can say that PM Modi did not break any law.
According to the Indian law, it bans the use of portions of the Indian flag in any costume or accessory, which is worn above the waist. Indian flag cannot be used it for undergarments or in a lungi. So, anything above the waist is legal and allowed. This means what PM Modi did is not an offence according to the law.
Here is the 4 (e) of the Act:
#using the Indian National Flag:- (i) as a portion of costume, uniform or accessory of any description which is worn below the waist of any person; or (ii) by embroidering or printing it on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, undergarments or any dress material.
Before PM Modi, it was Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar and many have faced a similar storm from different times in the past.