Indian laws have criminalized hate speech against religion under the Indian Penal Code of 1860. A police complaint can be filed against anyone who promotes enmity, disharmony or ill-will between different groups on grounds of religion by words either spoken, written or visuals, or deliberately tries to offend the feelings of any class of people by insulting their religion or religious beliefs. The person can be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years or fine or with both. 1
- The Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Act No. 45 OF 1860), s. 153(A).
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