Hurling casteist abuses must be in public place or in public view to constitute offence under SC/ST Act: Karnataka High Court

The Court said that in terms of Sections 3(1)(r) and 3(1)(s) of the SC/ST Act, what is necessary to drive home an offence is that hurling of abuses is done either in a public place or a place of public view.
Karnataka High Court
Karnataka High Court

Hurling casteist abuses becomes an offence punishable under the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015 [SC/ST Act] only if it is done in a public place or a place of public view, the Karnataka High Court recently held [Rithesh Pais v. State of Karnataka & Another].

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