All India Sikh Students Federation writes to Facebook

The All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) has written to the CFO of Facebook. This action was taken to make sure that contumelious depiction or comments about the Sikh Gurus were not uploaded on the website. The federation has also complained the Chandigarh Police after a few such cases have surfaced. Times of India reported that quite a few cases were registered against offenders under sections 295 A of IPC and that protests by people have been witnessed at many places.

Central Government Act

Section 295 A in The Indian Penal Code, 1860

295 A 5. Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. Whoever, with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of any class of [citizens of India] [by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise] insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of that class, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to [three years], or with fine, or with both.]

“We have written to the the CEO urging him to work out a mechanism to ensure that this would not happen in the future. Such instances are increasing and these not only hurting people but are also causing unrest in society. Recently, derogatory pictorial depiction or offensive comments about first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev and 10th Guru Gobind Singh have been noticed. We have rather suggested that other religious figures should also be included in the list. Such acts of some people were leading to communal unrest and could even lead to clashes”

said AISSF president Karnail Singh Peermohammad.

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