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Madras High Court said that while exercising the right to free speech, it is necessary to keep in mind that it does not hurt anyone.
Amid the debate over Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin’s son and minister Udhayanidhi Stalin’s comments on Sanatan Dharma, the Madras High Court has said that free speech cannot mean hate speech. The Constitution gives us freedom of expression, but no one should be hurt by your words.
During the hearing of a petition on September 15, Justice N Seshasayee said that the court is conscious of the debates taking place for and against Sanatan Dharma from time to time. The court is concerned about this issue. So we couldn’t stop ourselves from thinking about what was happening around.
Actually, the Madras High Court was hearing a petition filed on September 15 against a circular issued by a government college. Government College had asked girl students to share their views on the topic ‘Anti-Sanatan’ on the birth anniversary of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK founder CN Annadurai.
Untouchability is no longer tolerated in the country
The High Court said- It seems that an idea has taken hold that Sanatan Dharma is completely promoting casteism and untouchability. Untouchability cannot be tolerated in a country of equal citizens. Untouchability, whether inside or outside Sanatan Dharma, is not constitutional, but sadly it still exists.
Petitioner Ilangovan had told the court that Sanatan Dharma neither approves of untouchability nor promotes it. It emphasizes on treating all people following Hindu religion equally. However, the college had already withdrawn the circular, so the High Court dismissed the petition.
Free speech helps society move forward
During the hearing, the court said- Article 19(1) of the Constitution gives us freedom of speech, but we should not forget that it is not an absolute right. The makers of the Constitution have also banned it with Article 19(2).
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