Nominated Nodal Officers, Created Social Media Cell To Check Hate Speech And Hate Crimes, MP Govt Tells SC (LawBeat)

Synopsis Among other steps, the MP government said directions have been issued to all Gazetted Officers (Police)/ SHO, to run public awareness campaigns in social/ religions programmes as well as in schools and colleges for prevention of incidents of hate speech and hate crime

Hate Watch

By Aishwarya Iyer   

The Madhya Pradesh government has informed the Supreme Court that it has taken a number of steps, including nominating nodal officers in each district, setting up of social media cell and activating the vigilance system, for effective prevention of hate speech and hate crimes.

“In compliance of the order dated 25.08.2023, if any incident occurs in district under Section 153A, 153B, 295A and 505 IPC, then, on not receiving any complaint for taking effective action on such incidents, it has been directed to conduct proceedings by taking Suo Motu Action,” an affidavit by the state government said.

It further said for effective prevention of the hate speech and hate crimes, Home Department, Government of MP by its order on November 20, 2023, has appointed the Superintendent of Police of Districts of each District and the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of each Commissionarate as Nodal Officer and the all anti-social elements, unruly youths of area are being monitored through all the Nodal Officers/ SHO/ Chowki Incharge.

“Social Media Cell has been constituted for constant monitoring on Social Media, and the Deputy Superintendent of Police level Officer has been appointed as its Nodal Officer. The Cell has been ordered to keep watch on the Social Media Platform constantly and in the event of finding an Video/Post related to Hate Speech on Social Media, directions have been issued for removing the same and for taking action against the concerned persons,” it said.

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