Supreme Court of India Intervenes in Violent Hate Speech Against Muslims

By Abdulla Gaafarelkhalifa

On January 12, 2022, India’s Supreme Court announced it will petition to seek the prosecution of several Hindu leaders for allegedly making highly inflamed speeches against Muslims at a closed-door meeting back in December.

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Uttarakhand government on a public interest litigation seeking prosecution of those involved in hate speech at Haridwar Dharma Sansad.

These events were covered by Atheist Republic in an article published last month and highlighted on our weekly news podcast.

The speeches in these events included many of the familiar nationalist tropes such as picking up arms, killing people, and promoting large families to ensure majority status. Salutes were made with hand gestures that were eerily similar to the Nazi regime before and during World War 2.

The petition filed by retired Judge, Anjana Prakash, stated that the speeches made by the Hindu leaders “pose a grave threat not just to the unity and integrity of our country but also endanger the lives of millions of Muslim citizens.”

As of the writing of this article, no arrests have been made, but the police say they are questioning suspects. A conviction could lead to up to five years in prison.

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