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BJP Leader Ashwini Upadhyay files PIL in SC seeking direction to Centre to devise steps to curb Hate Speech [Read PIL]

Lawstreet Journal 16 Oct 2021 5:19am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary BJP Leader Ashwini Upadhyay files PIL in SC seeking direction to Centre to devise steps to curb Hate Speech [Read PIL]

A PIL has recently been filed in the Supreme Court by Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay seeking directions to the Centre to scrutinize the various international laws and to device 'effective and stringent' measures to control hate speech and rumor mongering in the country.

It also seeks directions asking the Centre to take appropriate legislative measures to implement the recommendations of the Law Commission in order to deal with the ongoing issue of hate speech and rumor mongering.

The petition states that the cause of action accrued after the Law Commission of India submitted its 267th report on Hate Speech but the Executive failed to take action on it.

"The injury to the citizens is extremely large because hate speech and rumor mongering has the potential of provoking individuals or society to commit acts of terrorism, genocide ethnic cleansing etc. Hate speech is considered outside the realm of protective discourse. Offensive speech and rumor mongering have devastating effects on people’s lives and safety.  It is harmful for communities and societies and hampers social progress. If left unchecked, hate speech can severely affect not only the rule of the law but also the right to life and liberty of citizens", the petition states.

It further reads, "All instances of violations of freedom of expression in the context of religion and incitement of hatred resulting in violence should be condemned and prevented. Fight against hate speech cannot be isolated, it has to be on a wider platform. Every responsible govt, international body, regional… Continue Reading...

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