March 04, 2016

India: Prominent citizens' appeal to the Supreme Court of India to take suo motu action take action against hate speech

 "Former judges and IPS officers, jurists, scientists and businessmen – a list that includes Justice PB Sawant and Julio Ribeiro -- have in a fervent appeal to the Chief Justice and all other Judges of the Supreme Court of India urged suo motu constitutional action on the issue of alarming and threatening statements being made by persons currently in powerful constitutional positions within the Union government. Quoting from the shocking and brazen speech made by Ram Shankar Katheriya, Union minister of state for human resources development (MHRD) in Agra as reported in the Indian Express on February 29, 2016, the representation also includes references to other shocking instances of hate speech from minister and elected representatives of the present government at the Centre. Stating that India was being pushed to the brink by such statements, the signatories have urged that the Supreme Court set up a Permanent and Sitting Commission to monitor and oversee (video tape, record and document) all such meetings happening to prevent a situation of hate driven provocation and attacks on marginalised sections." [. . .] .
read More at: https://www.sabrangindia.in/article/citizens-appeal-sc-suo-motu-action-against-hate-speech

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see related news report: http://scroll.in/latest/804596/ribeiro-pm-bhargava-and-other-prominent-citizens-ask-supreme-court-to-take-action-against-hate-speech