news Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | March 12, 2015 | 01:16 pm IST A member of the fringe outfit Hindu Ilaignar Sena has surrendered to the Madurai police in connection with the attack on the Tamil News channel Puthiya Thalaimurai’s Chennai office on Thursday. A. Pandiyan, who hails from Koyambedu, will be produced before the court in the afternoon. His group has claimed responsibility for the attack in which two tiffin box bombs were hurled at the office Puthiya Thalaimurai office at around 3:00 am on March 12. The channel had been recently receiving threats after it aired the promo of a talk show on a sensitive subject - the “Mangalsutra” or “Thaali”. A.Pandiyan The discussion on the talk show, which was scheduled for telecast on March 8, was focused on whether the Thaali has become a redundant symbol, especially in cases where the husbands have abandoned or tortured their wives. A press release by the Hindu Ilaignar Sena called the channel’s attempt, “to make the Thaali a mere ‘display object’, “unacceptable”, while “Hindu women consider the Thaali as sacred. It is considered as a woman’s wealth”. It reads, "In the name of freedom of expression, Puthiya Thalaimurai has been insulting and belittling age-old Hindu traditions and telecasting programs that are derogatory to the Hindu religion".“Would the media dare to do a debate on whether Muslim women can wear a purdah or not?,” the group says in the statement. The press release also warns other media groups and those who spread "anti-Hindu propaganda" to “…beware. Stop your activities to malign Hinduism”. The press statement also condemns the police for arresting Hindu outfit members who protested outside the channel's office last week. The tiffin box bombs hurled at Puthiya Thalaimurai The channel claims it has received around 3,600 threatening calls ever since it aired the promo last week. However, no one was injured in the attack on the office on Thursday. Last week, another Hindu outfit that protested outside the office had attacked the channel’s cameraperson and damaged equipment. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute Read: Hindu groups and BJP block telecast of Tamil news channel's Thaali or Mangalsutra- themed talk show

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