Prosecutors won't contest court refusal to declare 'Bhagavad Gita As It Is' extremist
TOMSK, May 29 - RAPSI. The Tomsk Region Prosecutor's Office will not appeal the court's decision to refuse to declare extremist "Bhagavad Gita As It Is," a translation and commentary of the original Bhagavad Gita Hindu scripture, Vasily Voykin, a regional prosecutor, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
The Tomsk Region Prosecutor's Office initiated the case in June 2011 following its inspection of the Tomsk Society for Krishna Consciousness.
According to Tomsk University experts cited by the local prosecutor's office, the book incites religious hatred and humiliates the dignity of people on the basis of sex, race, nationality, language, origin and attitude toward religion.
The Tomsk District Court refused on December 2011 the local prosecutor's office's request to declare the book extremist, as it found no grounds to satisfy the lawsuit.
The prosecutor's office did not appeal the decision, but the Tomsk Region Court upheld it without amendments on March 21.
The prosecutor's office's petition to declare "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" extremist has sparked public indignation in India and was called a violation of Hindu rights. Several lawmakers have called on the Russian government to stand up for the rights of Hindus in Russia.
"Bhagavad Gita As It Is" is a translation and commentary of the original Bhagavad Gita Hindu scripture. It was written by International Society for Krishna Consciousness founder A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The book has been translated into over 60 languages.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the translation may be linguistically untrue to the original scripture, as it contains "semantic distortions" that may affect its meaning.