What: The Supreme Court today made some of the strongest comments on hate speech. The court responded while hearing a petition on ate speeches and directing authorities to act against such instances by themselves or face contempt charges.
Statement: "This is the 21st century. Where have we reached in the name of religion?Contempt will be initiated if the authorities fail to act."It said the state of affairs in India was "shocking for a country that is supposed to be religion-neutral".
Petition: Petitioner Shaheen Abdullah asked the top court to direct the centre and states to initiate credible probes into the incidents of hate crimes and hate speeches across the country.