ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Neha Gupta

Do Indian Courts Face A Dilemma in Interpreting Hate Speech?

While some consider “hate speech” to be inevitable in the realisation of the right to freedom of speech and expression, others equate it with immorality, blasphemy and treason. Indian laws attempt to balance these two approaches by classifying which hate speech is criminal and which is protected by the fundamental rights. What is the legislative intent behind the law, and what is the dilemma faced by the court in interpretation of the same?