In a video originally posted on Facebook, Indian social activist Nawab Satpal Tanwar, the head and founder of the Indian minority rights organization Bhim Sena, offered a reward of 10-million rupees (approximately $128,000 US) to anyone who cuts off the tongue of Nupur Sharma, the former spokesperson of India's ruling BJP party who recently sparked a controversy by "insulting" Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. The video, in which Tanwar said that Sharma brought "dishonor" to India and should be imprisoned and hanged for her "blasphemy," went viral on social media. On June 17, 2022, Nawab Satpal Tanwar was arrested by Indian authorities for the threats made in the video.
Nawab Satpal Tanwar: "Nupur Sharma of the Bharatiya Janata Party has committed blasphemy against the Prophet's honor. Nupur Sharma has hurt the sentiments of tens of millions of the Muslims of this country. Nupur Sharma has hurt the sentiments of tens of millions of citizens of this country. Nupur Sharma has brought dishonor to the entire country in the entire world. Nupur Sharma has disrespected the Prophet Muhammad.
"This crime of Nupur Sharma is not worthy of forgiveness, she should be hanged for it. To anyone who cuts off Nupur Sharma's tongue and hands it over – [I,] head of Bhim Sena, Nawab Satpal Tanwar, announce a reward of one crore [10 million rupees, about 128,000].
"Nupur Sharma has brought dishonor to the Indians in the entire world. Nupur Sharma is acting at the behest of the BJP and [its mother organization] RSS, Nupur Sharma is the actual [cause] of the Kanpur violence and Kanpur riots.
"The Narendra Modi government, Yogi government [in Kanpur's home state], should immediately arrest Nupur Sharma and imprison her. But no legal action is being brought against Nupur Sharma. Therefore,
"I, the head of Bhim Sena, Nawab Satpal Tanwar, announce that anyone who cuts off Nupur Sharma's tongue and delivers it will be honored with one crore rupees."