10 of its MPs, including union minister Uma Bharti, have declared hate speech cases
GN Bureau | April 25, 2018
Out of all MPs and MLAs in office, 58 have declared cases related to hate speech. This includes union minister for drinking water and sanitation Uma Bharti along with 14 other Lok Sabha MPs. The list also includes 8 state ministers.
A party wise analysis reveals that BJP has the highest number of lawmakers having hate speech charges. 10 of its MPs and 17 MLAs have declared cases related to hate speech.
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) have analysed the election affidavits of all sitting MPs and MLAs.
The Law Commission [Report number 267] of March 2017, on Hate Speech states that “Hate Speech” has not been defined in any law in India. However, legal provisions in certain legislations prohibit select forms of speech as an exception to freedom of speech. The term “Hate Speech” has been used invariably to mean expression which is abusive, insulting, intimidating, harassing or which incites violence, hatred or discrimination against groups identified by characteristics such as one’s race, religion, place of birth, residence, region, language, caste or community, sexual orientation or personal convictions.
ADR supports the following recommendations of the Law Commission Report:
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