Sikh Jokes Must Be Banned, Says SC, Seeks Suggestions From DSGMC

16/02/2016 3:23 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought suggestions of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) within 'judicial dynamics' to put a ban on jokes on Sikhs.

The apex court has given six-week time to the petitioner to give its suggestions.

The court also observed that 'Sikhs are pride of the nation and that the community is second to none'.

The apex court bench was hearing a plea for a ban on websites hosting Sardar jokes, thereby promoting enmity among various sections of society.

An online petition started by Delhi Sikh community on change.org website to demand a ban on Sikh jokes that ridiculed the community had gained worldwide momentum last year.

Harvinder Chowdhury, a lawyer, had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court addressing concerns about the Sikh community's overall well-being. She asserted that racial hatred and bullying were by-products of these jokes.

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