Freedom of speech doesn’t entitle a person to make derogatory remarks against any community or gender: Punjab & Haryana high court

30 Nov

Freedom of speech doesn’t entitle a person to make derogatory remarks against any community or gender: Punjab & Haryana high court

Punjab and Haryana high court highlighted the point that freedom of speech does not entitle a person to make derogatory remarks or posts against any gender or a community. The bench of justice Alka sarin made the observation while dismissing a petition for grant of regular bail to the petitioner under sections 153-A, 295-A and 505 of the IPC, 1860.
An FIR was lodged on the complaint made by Savita Kajal and Kuldeep Bhullar wherein it was alleged that the women had uploaded a post of BR Ambedkar on her Facebook and the petitioner made insulting and objectionable comments on the post to create disharmony in society. It was further alleged that the petitioner used filthy language and made objectionable comments against females belonging to the scheduled castes. It was also seen that these derogatory comments were made against a Muslim female. The counsel for the petitioner contended the Ingredients of sec 153-A, 295-A are not made out and he has been in custody. The counsel of petitioner had once submitted before the court that the petitioner is a chronic litigant and is in the habit of filing false complaints with ulterior motive to extort money from the innocent persons. In view of the above, the court did not find it right to extend the benefit of regular bail to the petitioner. Therefore, the petitioners bail was dismissed.