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The Home Ministry has informed the Supreme Court that keeping in mind hate speech, nodal officers have been appointed in 28 states and union territories. The Union Ministry has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that the State Government and Union Territories have taken the step of appointing nodal officers while preparing a strategy to deal with incidents of lynching or mob violence after hate speech.
The affidavit has been filed in compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court in the Tehseen Poonawala vs Union of India judgment dated July 17, 2018. The government was directed to do so by the court on a petition filed regarding incidents of hate speech. States and UTs which have filed their responses in compliance with the 2018 judgment.
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They include Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka. Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have also appointed nodal officers.
The Supreme Court had given the order in 2018
In fact, in the last few years, many incidents of hate speech were reported in many states of the country. There were some statements on which there was a lot of uproar. After this the matter reached the Supreme Court. After which the Supreme Court had issued an order in 2018 ordering the Center to appoint nodal officers in all the states and union territories.
The court had asked for the report in August
During the hearing of the hate speech case in August this year, the Supreme Court had sought information from all the states about compliance with the order of installation of CCTV and appointment of nodal officers. Then the court had given three weeks time for the compliance report. Then the court had asked the governments to form a committee for this and monitor it. Hate speech cannot be accepted under any circumstances.
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