Don’t wait for complaint, take suo motu action in hate speech cases: SC to govt, police

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern over growing incidents of hate speeches in the country and directed the governments and police authorities to take suo motu action in such cases without waiting for lodging of formal complaints.
“Such action is needed to be taken to preserve the secular character of the country,” the top court said.
Calling the trend of hate speeches “very unfortunate”, the court said, “Constitution talks about developing scientific temper but hate speeches are being made in the name of religion and this is tragic.”
The apex court was hearing a case seeking its intervention to stop hate speeches.
SC also sought action-taken report from Delhi Police in alleged hate speeches made by BJP MP Parvesh Verma and others in Delhi on October 9 against a particular community.
The BJP MP had allegedly called for a “total boycott” of a community at an event held to protest the killing of a Hindu youth in northeast Delhi.
The Delhi Police had registered an FIR against the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the other organisers of the event.
In a video purportedly of the event, Verma is heard saying, “Wherever you find them, there is only one way to straighten them — total boycott. Do you agree with me?”
When asked about his remarks, the BJP MP had said, “I did not name any community. I just said those involved in the killing of Hindus need to be boycotted.”

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