What is Hate Speech?

what is hate speech
what is hate speech

What is Hate Speech? It is the most popular topic in the syllabus of UPSC-CSE exams and other government exams. It is important if we talk about the policy of Governance.

In this post, you will get to know everything about Hate Speeches and laws related to this!

What is Hate Speech?

It’s a humorous thing to know that there is no particular definition of Hate Speech in India. IPC doesn’t define lucidly what Hate Speech is.

Law Commission of India in its 267th Report stated that hate speech is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, etc.

Reasons fo Hate Speech:

Stereotypes beliefs and stubbornness to stick to a particular ideology.

Laws and Provisions under IPC :

IPC Section 153A-

Whoever commits an offense specified in sub-section (1) in any place of worship or in any assembly engaged in the performance of religious worship or religious ceremonies, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine.]

IPC Section 153B-

Section 153B of the IPC safeguards the interests of the “class of persons” and above all the “national integration” by providing punishment against imputations and assertions prejudicial to national integration.

Section 505(1)-

(1) ] Whoever makes, publishes, or circulates any statement, rumor or report,—

(a) with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, any offi­cer, soldier, 3[sailor or airman] in the Army, 4[Navy or Air Force] 5[of India] to mutiny or otherwise disregard or fail in his duty as such; or

(b) with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offense against the State or against the public tranquility

What can we do if we find someone giving Hate Speeches?

If we find someone doing this all we need to do is record a video of the same and complain to your immediate police station.

If proven the culprit may get punished under Section 295A of IPC which states that-

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