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Supreme Court Talks Tough On Hate Speeches

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New Delhi: A couple of days after India earned criticism from United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who was on a three-day visit, on the country’s human rights record and increasing hate speeches, the Supreme Court made some harsh comments on the matter.

“This is the 21st century. Where have we reached in the name of religion?” the top court observed while hearing a petition on hate speeches. The court directed authorities to act against such instances by themselves or face contempt charges. “Contempt will be initiated if the authorities fail to act,” the apex court said.

The Supreme Court observed the state of affairs in India was “shocking for a country that is supposed to be religion-neutral”.

“The Constitution of India envisages a secular nation and fraternity among citizens assuring the dignity of the individual…The unity and integrity of the nation is one of the guiding principles enshrined in the preamble,” said the judges.

“The petitioner points out [that] despite various penal provisions, no action has been taken and there is a need to serve constitutional principles. We feel this court is charged with a duty to protect the fundamental rights and also protect and serve the constitution where the rule of law is maintained,” the judges added.

The Supreme Court had sought replies from the centre and the states while responding to a plea requesting an urgent intervention to stop the “growing menace of targeting and terrorising (of) the Muslim Community in India” on Thursday.

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