Days after a video of his abusive campaign rant, reeking of misogyny and transphobia, against Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi went viral, orator Nanjil Sampath has been booked for obscenity. On Wednesday, during a campaign event in Puducherry, Nanjil Sampath made derogatory comments against Kiran Bedi even as he was seeking votes for former Puducherry Chief Minister and Congress’s Lok Sabha candidate for the Union Territory, V Vaithilingam. Flanked by RKR Anantharaman, the chief whip of the Puducherry government, Nanjil Sampath claimed that he did not know whether Kiran Bedi was a man or a woman.
A case was filed at the Ariyankuppam police station in Puducherry based on a complaint by SD Sundaresan, Additional Secretary and Assistant to LG Kiran Bedi. Nanjil Sampath, an orator and star campaigner for the DMK, has been booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 294b (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both), 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), and 354a (Sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment).
“There are BJP governors in 21 states in India. Here one woman, Nirav Modi, we don’t know if it is a man or a woman...(a man standing behind Sampath corrects him and whispers in his ear that it is Kiran Bedi).. Kiran Bedi. What atrocity is she doing? I am asking, are you a constitutional authority? Were you chosen by the people? After being castrated in Delhi, should you be sent to Pondicherry?” he said.
The men standing behind Sampath on the campaign vehicle can be seen smiling at his misogynistic and transphobic remarks, as he continues his verbal onslaught. Referring to her alleged obstruction of Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanasamy’s welfare schemes from being implemented, Nanjil Sampath said, “Is this the job of a Governor? A Purohit for Tamil Nadu, a Kiran Bedi for Pondicherry. Extra constitutional authority in 21 states. Is this called democracy?”