SC agrees to hear PIL seeking ban on Sardar jokes

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a petition asking for direction to ban nearly five thousand websites displaying jokes on the Sikh community. Petitioner Harvinder Chowdhury in his Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has requested the court to issue an order banning all websites which spread jokes portraying the ‘sardar’ community as ‘persons of low intellect, stupid and foolish’. Harvinder said the Sikhs do not wish to be ridiculed as they have made their share of sacrifice for their nation. Such a complaint has come up for the first time in Delhi – that too before the Supreme Court. Earlier, Sikh groups have on several occasions gone to the police, especially in Mumbai, seeking ban on such jokes. The issue was first successfully raised in March 2007, when on a complaint filed by a Sikh businessman Mohinder Nanksingh Kakar, Mumbai-based publisher Ranjit Parande was arrested for publishing a book on Santa and Banta, that allegedly carried “derogatory” jokes directed at the Sikh community.

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