Supreme Court To Take Strict Action Against Media Portals Airing Jokes On Sikhs

sikh-jokesDELHI, India—Acting on a petition filed by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, the Supreme Court bench led by Justice T.S Thakur has stated that the Court will dig into the possibilities of making guidelines to prevent the airing of racist jokes against Sikhs.

It is notable that currently many websites and other media portals across India regularly air racist jokes against Sikhs. Under what is perceived to be a highly deliberate policy, jokes portraying Sikhs as dull-minded, are commonly portrayed across varying media platforms.

Appearing before the Supreme Court’s bench on behalf of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Senior Advocate Rupinder Singh Suri and APS Ahluwalia contended that Sikhs and their children have to face harassment in society due to the airing of such jokes. They urged the Supreme Court to impose an Anti-Bullying Act across the Indian Territory like the Anti-Ragging and SC/ST Act so that any community could cease faceing harassment due to racist jokes.

The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee to suggest the points to be considered while preparing guidelines against racist jokes. DSGMC has been asked to present its suggestions within 6 weeks.   



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