Mar 11, 2022

5 Criminal Charges against Kangana Ranaut

An Andheri Court has ordered an inquiry against Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for supposedly posting offensive tweets against the Muslim community. So, what are the criminal charges that have been registered against Kangana Ranaut under the Indian Penal Code?

  1. Promoting enmity between different groups (Section 153A)

The law can punish anyone who promotes disharmony or feelings of enmity/hatred between different communities, including religious, racial, regional, linguistic, caste-based communities etc. The person who is encouraging enmity between communities may have done this through speech, written words, signs, visible representations etc.

The punishment for this offence is imprisonment for up to 3 years and/or a fine.

  1. Making statements that are harmful to national unity (Section 153B)

A person can be punished for:

  1. a) claiming that because a certain group of people belong to a specific religion, race, language, region, caste etc., they cannot be loyal to our Constitution or uphold the unity of our country;
  2. b) stating or publishing that because a certain group of people belong to a specific religion, race, language, region, caste etc., they will be denied or deprived of their rights as citizens of India.

The punishment is imprisonment for up to 3 years and/or a fine.

  1. Hurting religious feelings (Section 298)

The law can punish people who deliberately intend to hurt the religious feelings of others through their words, sounds, gestures etc. Such people can be punished with imprisonment of up to one year and/or a fine.

  1. Causing public mischief (Section 505)

The law provides punishment for anyone who deliberately makes or circulates any statement, rumour, or report with the intention of encouraging any community to commit an offence against another community. Any person who publishes or circulates a statement containing rumours or alarming news can be punished, if the person does this with an intention of creating or promoting hatred between different communities (or if their statement is likely to do so).

The person can be punished with imprisonment of up to 3 years and/or a fine.

  1. Threatening a person to give false evidence (Section 195A)

A person can be punished if he/she threatens another person in order to force that person to give false evidence. The threat can be with regard to injuring the other person’s body, damaging his/her reputation, property etc. The punishment for threatening a person to give false evidence is imprisonment for up to 7 years and/or a fine.

Due to this false evidence, if an innocent person is held guilty and punished with death or imprisonment for more than seven years, then the person who made the threat will also be punished with the same punishment and to the same extent as the innocent person.

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