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New Delhi, Nov. 5 (PTI) Following on from the Supreme Court’s recent comments on hate speech, a Delhi-based socio-religious organization claimed on Saturday that the “governments’ silence” on the issue “encouraged” people to indulge to such actions.

At a press conference here, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) Vice President Salim Engineer urged governments to take action against such people regardless of the party or religion they belong to.

He also said many people were “using hate or an agenda of hate, looking for a political future or rapid political growth,” even as he called on India’s Election Commission to “take serious note” of the matter.

“The Supreme Court has emphasized that governments must act in accordance with the laws against the expression of hatred. The highest court can only emphasize or point it out, but we find the attitude of governments towards hate speech and those who make them very disappointing,” Engineer told reporters without specifying which governments he was referring to.

The people of Delhi, the national capital, those elected to parliament, who are representatives of the people, are “openly” indulging in such acts in public, “spreading hatred and creating a divide in society on religious grounds,” he said. him without naming anyone.

Senior BJP leader and West Delhi MP Parvesh Verma had recently sparked controversy after reportedly calling for a “total boycott” of a community at an event held to protest the murder of a Hindu youth in the northeast. from Delhi. He had not mentioned the congregation.

A number of leaders, including BJP lawmakers and many religious leaders, have been accused of delivering hate speech.

An afflicted Supreme Court had noted in late October that “where in the name of religion have we reached, what we have reduced religion to is tragic”, and asked three states, including Uttar Pradesh, to crack down on those who give hate speeches , calling them shocking for a country that is religion neutral.

The court held that India’s constitution envisaged a secular nation, and ordered Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to immediately register criminal cases against the violators without waiting for a complaint to be filed.

Engineer claimed that “a lot of cases have been seen lately, but the actions of governments are disappointing”.

“It feels rather, the silence of the governments encourages such people. They are encouraged,” he said.

“Those who do such acts hope to gain a political advantage. And their hopes are not misplaced. The political growth of such people who have indulged in hate speech has been rapid,” the JIH vice chairman said.

“We urge the Election Commission (of India) to take serious note of this matter. And governments, whose job it is to maintain law and order, to take action against such people, regardless of the party or religion they belong to,” Engineer said. PTI KND SZM

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