The Supreme Court was considering a petition asking for an immediate intervention to put an end to hateful remarks directed at the Muslim community.
The Supreme Court offered some of its toughest remarks to date on the subject on Friday, two days after United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized India over its human rights record and rising hate speech during a three-day visit.
“It is the twenty-first century. In the name of religion, where have we come to? “Hearing a petition over hate speech, the court order the relevant parties to take action against such incidents on their own or risk being charged with contempt. If the authorities don’t take action, contempt will be brought, the court declared.
For a nation that is meant to be religiously neutral, the situation in India was describe as “shocking.”
“In accordance with the Indian Constitution, there should be equality for all citizens and fraternity among them.
One of the guiding values stated in the preamble is the unity and integrity of the nation “declared the justices.
“The petitioner argues that despite numerous criminal penalties, nothing has done, and that it is necessary to uphold fundamental norms. We believe that this court has a responsibility to uphold the constitution, safeguard fundamental rights, and uphold the rule of law “Added they.
The Supreme Court requested comments from the federal government and the states on Thursday in response to a petition calling for an immediate intervention to avert the “increasing threat of targeting and terrorizing (India’s) Muslim Community.”
Shaheen Abdullah, the petitioner, sought the supreme court to order the federal government and the states to launch reliable investigations into incidences of hate crimes and hate speeches across the nation.
For the petitioner, senior attorney Kapil Sibal cited a recent “Hindu Sabha” in which BJP MP Parvesh Verma from West Delhi demanded a “complete boycott” of “these people,” a clear allusion to Muslims.
The judges also heard remarks made by Jagat Guru Yogeshwar Acharya, another speaker at the event, who exhorted audience members to “slit the throats” of anyone who “raises a finger at our temples.”
The judges also said, “It’s our obligation… if we don’t do it, it’s abdication on our part,” after Mr. Sibal thanked them for their strict directive to the police and governments to file cases on their own.
Mr. Abdullah also requests that the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), a harsh anti-terrorism statute, and other strict measures be invoke in order to stop hate crimes and hate speech.
He claimed that by participating in the delivery of the hate speeches, members of the ruling political party are “targeting and terrorizing” the Muslim population.
The meeting was two days after Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the UN, issues a rare censure on the country’s rising hate speech.
“India has a responsibility to shape global human rights, and to defend and promote the rights of all individuals, including members of minority populations,” Mr. Guterres said in a speech in Mumbai. India is an elected member of the Human Rights Council.
Mr. Guterres hailed India’s accomplishments 75 years after it gained independence from the British but added that “diversity is a richness… is not a guarantee.”
Mr. Guterres cited Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi also in saying that their values needed to get protect by “condemning hate speech clearly.”
India must take this action “by defending the freedoms and rights of journalists, human rights defenders, scholars, and students. Additionally, by maintaining the judiciary’s independence, he adds, stressing that “far more work needs to be, to improve gender equality and women’s rights.” “.