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Updated: March 12, 2014 21:56 IST

Take a look at hate speeches, SC to law panel

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SC bench headed by justice B.S. Chauhan, on Wednesday, while refusing to frame guidelines on hate speeches itself, asked the commission to look into it and give its recommendation to the Centre. File photo
The Hindu SC bench headed by justice B.S. Chauhan, on Wednesday, while refusing to frame guidelines on hate speeches itself, asked the commission to look into it and give its recommendation to the Centre. File photo

The PIL by NGO Pravasi Bhalai Sanghatan had named Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh as respondents to incidents of alleged hate speeches, by Raj Thackeray and Akbaruddin Owaisi, respectively.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Law Commission to look into the issue of hate speeches being made by leaders of political, social and religious outfits and consider framing guidelines to regulate such provocative statements.

A bench headed by Justice B.S. Chauhan, while refusing to frame guidelines itself, asked the commission to look into it and give its recommendation to the Centre.

The court passed the order on a PIL by NGO Pravasi Bhalai Sanghatan alleging that there was a need for guidelines as hate speeches destroy the fabric of democracy and violate the provisions of the Constitution.

The PIL had named Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh as respondents as the two states witnessed incidents of alleged hate speeches.

It had referred to the alleged hate speeches made by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray and claimed that no FIR was registered against them in the state.

The PIL had said that in Andhra Pradesh, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Akbaruddin Owaisi had allegedly made hate speeches and was arrested for them. But after being released on bail, he had again made similar speeches in Nanded, Maharashtra, it alleged.

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A much anticipated move but will this also fall short of
implementation. Hate speeches are now being played as a card by
political leaders to perpetuate their political gains. This new clamor
of polarized politics has always had a devastating effect on masses.
This need to be stopped. Recent riots in muzaffarnagar and other areas
are glaring example of hate speeches repercussions. Its now up to the
law commission to frame stringent guidelines and on center(or upcoming
government) to take on a moral responsibility of curbing extant of
hate speeches that erode the democratic principles and weaken the
feeling of indianness among the masses.

from:  Maharaj
Posted on: Mar 12, 2014 at 14:22 IST
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