[Hate speech] Who made speech matters; Catholic priest cannot get same protection as stand up comedians: Madras High Court

When comedians like Munawar Faruqui or Alexander Babu poke fun at others, their religious identity might be irrelevant since there is no malice, but the same cannot be said of a catholic priest mocking Hindu beliefs.
Madurai Bench of Madras HC , Christian cross
Madurai Bench of Madras HC , Christian cross

In a case of hate speech against a religious community, the aspect of "who gave the speech" is relevant to determine whether an offence is made out under Sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Madras High Court ruled [Fr. P. George Ponnaiah v. The Inspector of Police].

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