Jaeeme Khan

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR PLEA TO STOP ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIANS ON JULY 11

Jaeeme Khan 30 Jun 2022 5:08pm

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR PLEA TO STOP ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIANS ON JULY 11

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear a petition on July 11 calling for an end to "targeted hate speech" directed at Christians and attacks on places of worship.

Archbishop of Bangalore Diocese Dr. Peter Machado, the National Solidarity Forum, and the Evangelical Fellowship of India filed the petition before a bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala.

The petition requested the Court to issue orders prohibiting violence and mob attacks on members of the Christian community in several states across the country, as well as to enforce previous Supreme Court orders prohibiting hate crimes.

The appeal sought the implementation of the recommendations made in the Tehseen Poonawala decision, which called for the appointment of nodal officials to investigate hate crimes and file FIRs across the country.

In 2018, the Supreme Court issued a series of directives to the Centre and State governments to control and prevent the rise in hate crimes such as mob violence and lynching.

Fast-tracked trials, victim compensation, deterrent punishment, and disciplinary action against law-enforcement officials were all part of the rules, according to the Supreme Court. Hate crimes, cow vigilantism, and lynchings should all be investigated and prosecuted.

"In May, there were 57 cases of violence, and more attacks are expected," said Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, who was representing the petitioners.

"It is unfortunate if he (lawyer Colin Gonsalves) is correct, but we cannot comment further on the merits of the plea." The Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for 11th July, 2022.

The petitioners claim to be protesting "sinister phenomena of violence" and "targeted hate speech" directed at the country's Christian community by vigilante groups and members of right-wing organizations.

It also claims that the federal and state governments, as well as other state authorities, have failed to take immediate and necessary action against groups that have engaged in widespread violence and hate speech against the Christian community, such as attacks on places of worship as well as other institutions.

What you are saying is unfortunate, if it is happening. What we can ensure is that your matter is listed on the re-opening day itself,” the bench stated.



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