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Hate speech

  Feb 16, 2022

Hate speech

Q What is the context  ?

A The Supreme Court has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the police to respond to petitions that people accused of delivering hate speeches at a religious conference in Haridwar have not been arrested yet.

Q What is ‘Hate Speech’?

Q How is it treated in Indian law?

1. Section 153A:

2.  Section 505:

505(1): Statements conducing to public mischief

505(2): It is an offence to make statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes.

505(3): Same offence will attract up to a five-year jail term if it takes place in a place of worship, or in any assembly engaged in religious worship or religious ceremonies.

Q What has the Law Commission proposed?

A The Law Commission has proposed that separate offences be added to the IPC to criminalize hate speech quite specifically instead of being subsumed in the existing sections concerning inflammatory acts and speeches.

1. Inserting two sections

Section 153C

It is an offence if anyone-

Section 505A

2.  Imprisonment

Q What are other committees’ recommendations ?

Q Why regulate hate speech?

Q What are Issues in regulating hate speech ?

Q What can be Way ahead ?