Edamaruku asked for “mounting international pressure” particularly from Ireland and other EU nations to be placed on the Indian government. The Indian state would have the power to halt the prosecution before a court case, citing a lack of evidence to pursue it, he said.
Mick Nugent from Atheist Ireland, the organization hosting Edamaruku’s visit to the republic and Northern Ireland next week, said Edamaruku’s plight also underlined the need for the Fine Gael-Labour government in Dublin to repeal the Irish blasphemy law.
“Blasphemy laws are very strange because they can be both very silly and also very sinister. They are very silly because you are talking about crying statues and moving statues or Virgin Marys appearing in tree stumps in Co Limerick. But on the other hand these type of laws are used in Islamic countries to jail people or sentence them to death. Or in Sanal’s case facing a jail sentence for his work exposing bogus miracles,” he said.