New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday made some of its strongest comments on the hate speech and said that it is the responsibility of this court to intervene in such matters.
On hate speech, the Supreme Court told the governments to either take action, or be ready for contempt. The Supreme Court issued a notice to the police of Delhi, UP and Uttarakhand. The court asked what action was taken against those involved in hate speech.
The Supreme Court said in its order today that the allegations regarding hate speech are very serious. The Constitution of India envisages us as a secular nation. There is inaction despite appropriate provisions in the IPC regarding hate speeches in the country. “We have to follow the guiding principles. Even if there is no complaint, the police should take suo motu action. The Supreme Court said that if there is negligence, contempt action will be taken against the officers.”
The Supreme Court has called for immediate action against those who give hate speech. The Supreme Court said that action should be taken regardless of religion. An atmosphere of hatred has taken over the country. The statements being made are disturbing. Such statements cannot be tolerated.
A bench headed by Justice KM Joseph said, “What is happening in the 21st century? Where have we reached in the name of religion? How small have we made God? The judge said that the Constitution of India talks about developing scientific temper.
The apex court is hearing a plea seeking its immediate intervention to curb the “growing threat of targeting and terrorising the Muslim community in India”.
During the hearing, Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner, said, “We should not come to this court, but we have filed many complaints. The court or administration never takes action. Status reports are always sought. These people are participating in programs every day.”