High Court of Karnataka
High Court of Karnataka

Merely inciting feelings of one community without any reference to any other community will not attract 153A IPC: Karnataka HC

The allegation against the mob was that it was behaving in such a manner so as to frighten Hindus and that on seeing the procession of Muslims, the former should flee from village.

The Karnataka High Court recently held that merely inciting the feelings of one community/group without making a reference to any other community/group will not attract the offence under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

This provision criminalises promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.

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