Plea before SC seeking action over hate speeches against Muslims

Plea before SC seek action against hate speeches against Muslims

Plea before SC seek action against hate speeches against Muslims

Alleges no action initiated with respect to any such instance

New Delhi, Dec. 31 (Delhi Crown): A Muslim organisation and a Muslim scholar have moved a writ petition before the Supreme Court of India seeking action against the “repeated instances of hate speech” across the country against the Muslim community.

The date of hearing is not known yet.

Socio-religious organization of Muslims the “Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind”, and religious scholar cum social activist Maulana Syed Mahmood Asad Madani have narrated various instances of derogatory remarks made against Prophet Mohammad and called for violence made against the Muslim community by several persons across the country ranging from 2018.

The petitioners contend in their plea that no action under criminal law had been initiated with respect to any such instance.

The petition cites inflammatory speeches made by Yati Narasinghanand Saraswati, a priest of Dasna temple, the anti-Muslim slogans made at the Jantar Mantar rally in August this year, the campaign and protests against Friday Namaz in Gurugram where protesters disrupted congregations at designated plots by spreading cow dung and issuing threatening slogans, rallies held in Tripura in which derogatory slogans were made against the Prophet, speeches made by Suraj Pal Amu and Santhosh Thammaiah etc, according to a report by LiveLaw.

In their petition the petitioners also cite a report of Uttar Pradesh Police arresting over 100 Muslims for holding a protest against the remarks of Yati Narasinghanand Saraswati.

This writ petition comes after as many as 76 Supreme Court lawyers wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India seeking suo-motu action against the Haridwar conclave where genocidal calls were made against Muslims.

Alleging that the police authorities did not take any action against the instances of anti-Muslim hate speeches, the petitioners voiced concerns about law enforcement agencies “succumbing to non-state actors” and failing to protect the rights of the minorities.

The petitioners highlighted in their plea that derogatory remarks and abusive speeches against Muslims had resulted in violence and even the killing of individuals.

It is also argued in the plea that the police authorities had “failed to discharge their duty to care” by failing to act against the anti-Muslim hate speeches.

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