Hate speech happens because the state is impotent doesn’t act in time says SC

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court strongly condemned hate speech, declaring that it would stop as soon as politics and religion were separated and politicians stopped using religion for political purposes.

The top court referred to hate speech as a “vicious circle,” saying that it is being made by fringe elements and that everyone should exercise restraint.

The hate speech “is happening because the State is impotent, State is powerless, State doesn’t act in time”, and will stop “the moment politics and religion are segregated”, said the Supreme Court.

Justices KM Joseph and BV Nagarathna’s bench cited past prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speeches, saying that they attracted listeners from far-flung places and every corner of the country.

“We need to look where we as a country are going? There were orators like Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the midnight speech. People from remote areas and every nook and corner used to come hear these leaders. Now fringe elements from all sides are making these statements and we are now asked to take contempt action against these people”, Justice Nagarathna said.

The court said this while listening to Shaheen Abdullah, a multimedia journalist from Kerala, who was requesting contempt charges be brought against the Maharashtra Police for failing to intervene to stop incendiary speeches at rallies held by several Hindu organisations despite the court’s order.

Source: NDTV, The Indian Express

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