Protest over Lioness Sita and Lion Akbar Caged in Same Enclosure 

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The India Observer, TIO: The Calcutta High Court is hearing a petition filed by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) cadres as to why a zoo in Siliguri, West Bengal has put a lioness named Sita in the same enclosure with a lion that shares the name with the Mughal emperor Akbar.

The Hindu group is demanding that the lioness named Sita should be separated from the lion Akbar. They should not share the same enclosure as two animals belonging to different religious faiths and as such smack love jihad, which is sacrilegious.

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The petition in the court filed by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) says such a misdemeanor has hurt Hindu religious sensibilities and the animals should be separated.

Sita cannot stay with Akbar,” VHP leader Anup Mondal told reporters in Kolkata.

Media reported; “Sita cannot stay with Akbar,” VHP leader Anup Mondal told reporters in Kolkata. “Such naming of animals after the name of religious deities is very much sacrilegious and tantamount to blasphemy,” he added.

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In its petition, VHP has demanded action against the officials of the Zoo in Siliguri where the two animals’ male and female are put in the same cage.

Alarmed at the protest the VHP, and the zoo officials separated the two lions and transferred them to the zoo in Tripura.

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The protests by the VHP have sparked concerns in India about the rising intolerance by the Hindu hardliner groups. This is yet another example of how Hindu extremist groups are raising the Spector of intolerance and setting an example of how their actions and words may inspire the coming generation.

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Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba is a Sr.Journalist, Author based in Chennai, India. Writes frequently for the USA based News Portal, TheIndiaObserver. He is author of the book Soundings on South Asia, New Dawn Press (2005). He can be reached at or TIO, at

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