Suspended BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma should not apologize for her remarks on the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), far-right Netherlands politician Geert Wilders has said.
The Dutch parliamentarian, who is known for his Islamophobic comments and anti-immigration stance, in a Twitter post on Friday said Sharma or her comments were not responsible for the recent killing in India’s Udaipur.
“She should never apologize for speaking the truth about #Muhammad. She is not responsible for Udaipur. Radical intolerant jihadi Muslims are responsible and nobody else.”
Wilders also hailed the suspended BJP leader as a hero.
“I thought India had no sharia courts,” said the Netherlands lawmaker, after India’s Supreme Court held Sharma responsible for what was now happening in the country, including the beheading of a Hindu tailor in Udaipur.
India’s ruling BJP said on June 5 that it had suspended its spokeswoman Nupur Sharma in response to comments she had made during a TV debate about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Sharma said on Twitter she had said some things in response to comments made about a Hindu god but she had no intention to hurt anyone’s religious feelings.
“If my words have caused discomfort or hurt religious feelings of anyone whatsoever, I hereby unconditionally withdraw my statement,” she said.
Protests erupted in different Indian states as well as in Bangladesh in the wake of the remarks on the Prophet (PBUH), which also triggered a major diplomatic row between India and many Muslim-majority countries.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Qatar to name a few.