Month: August 2022
Decoding the Karnataka Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2022
Introduction On May 17, 2022, the Governor of Karnataka promulgated the Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2022 (“the Ordinance”). Similar Ordinances were promulgated in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Since the Parliament does not have the legislative competence, several states including Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh,…
Hate Speech: Are The Existing Provisions Really Not Enough?
Recently, alleged inflammatory speeches were made in a religious gathering held in December 2021 in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. It is alleged that calls for genocide against the Muslims and other minorities were made by the religious leaders of Hinduism in order to ‘protect’ Hinduism. There were arguments made that the current Indian Penal Code (IPC) provisions…