SC to hear plea seeking ban on jokes against Sikh community
The petitioner argued that such jokes on many social network websites portray Sikhs as ‘unintelligent’, ‘foolish’ and ‘naive’, making them an easy target of ridicule and racial abuse.india Updated: Feb 09, 2017 20:46 IST
The Supreme Court will hear the petition filed by advocate Harvinder Choudhary seeking a ban on jokes against the Sikh community on Tuesday.
The last hearing in this case was held on November 22.
Choudhary had contended that such jokes portray the Sikh community in negative light and wants such websites, which disseminate such ‘insensitive’ jokes, to be prosecuted under laws that carry a prison term of six months to five years.
The petitioner argued that such jokes on many social network websites portray Sikhs as ‘unintelligent’, ‘foolish’ and ‘naive’, making them an easy target of ridicule and racial abuse.
Choudhary, herself belonging to a Sikh family, said she too had been a target of ridicule and abuse because of such jokes.
The apex court had asked an expert panel headed by former apex court judge HS Bedi to submit draft guidelines so that appropriate orders can be passed to prevent circulation of sardar jokes on websites.
In July 2016, a bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice DY Chandrachud gave six weeks time for the panel to hold discussions and submit the guidelines.
The bench passed the order after hearing the counsel for various parties including the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) which said that the community is being bullied by such jokes.