Complainant alleges police inaction on hate speech in Bangalore
Even if an FIR has been registered under sections of the
In addition, a sub-inspector of police attached to the Sanjay Nagar police station reportedly visited the applicant’s home and checked with the landlord how long he had been staying there, also asked a neighbor where the petitioner, etc.
“If I say I saw the video on my mobile or laptop, then the police will take away my gadgets and start harassing me. Although the sections under IPC are not releasable, the police are moving at their own pace for reasons they know best,” Nomani added. This complaint concerned hate speech by
Regarding another complaint filed with the Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Division in a separate instance of hate speech which allegedly took place on Sunday at a BBMP community hall in Rajajinagar, Nomani said that the police was not even prepared to accept the complaint with an acknowledgment of receipt. Nomani’s complaint said the hate speech labeled the minority community as cancer; spoke of land, economic and love jihad, while a lawyer who was part of the rally began his speech by listing noise and environmental pollution by the community.
“They want us to go to court and fight and go through the cumbersome procedure so that we become discouraged and do not pursue any complaints. It’s like normalizing hate speech that will embolden marginal elements. We will wait a few days and file a PCR with the court and pursue another case,” he added.
A senior police officer from Sanjay Nagar told the Bangalore Mirror that there was a