Case: Sanal Edamaruku
Indian-born Sanal Edamaruku is founder and president of Rationalist International, president of the Indian Rationalist Association, and author of several newsletters and books. Edamaruku gained attention in April 2012, when he exposed a supposed “miracle” at a Catholic Church by revealing that a weeping cross was actually the result of a leaky drain.
Upset with Edamaruku’s actions, the Church filed a complaint under Section 295 of the country’s penal code, which prohibits the hurting of religious sentiments. Local police have requested that Edamaruku turn himself in and face the charges. Edamaruku has rejected their request and to avoid arrest has been living in exile in Finland. He has also been traveling throughout Europe to speak about his case.