Towards a Hate Free Nation: Handbook for Police & Administration CJP’s handbook on statutory (legal) obligations to prosecute hate crimes

09, Jul 2024 | CJP Team

This booklet, Towards a Hate Free Nation succinctly provides latest jurisprudence from the Supreme Court of India (SC) and Bombay High Court (HC) CJP that re-emphasise the role and responsibility to both prevent and prosecute targeted violence.

Why the Handbook, Towards a Hate Free Nation? Handbook for Police & Administration?

Over the past eight years of experience in actively monitoring hate speech and hate crimes, CJP has found that there has been inaction on the part of authorities in implementing statutory guidelines, existing law and even disregarding Supreme Court judgements on the issue from 2014 onwards. Often the district police is not even aware of the latest developments in the constitutional courts. That the Director General of Police (DGP) has also issued two circulars in 2023 to its own police urging strict implementation of the law, these are also often disregarded by local police.

Therefore the Handbook.

CJP is dedicated to finding and bringing to light instances of Hate Speech, so that the bigots propagating these venomous ideas can be unmasked and brought to justice. To learn more about our campaign against hate speech, please become a member. To support our initiatives, please donate now!

Based on this ground level experience, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) has released this comprehensive booklet on preventive and other measures that must be adopted by police and district administration in cases of such provocative events where inciting hate speeches are likely to be delivered.

In addition to explaining what constitutes Hate Speech, the Handbook, “Towards a Hate Free Nation- Handbook for Police & Administration”, has compiled references from recent Supreme Court and High Court Judgements to highlight the need for prompt and effective, pre-emptive measures around such mobilisations where hate speech is likely to be delivered. The judicial pronouncements mentioned in the booklet also lay down such judgments of the Constitutional Court that provide for video-taping of rallies/meetings having the potential of delivery of hate speeches as well as prompt registration of offences (FIRs) and fair investigations and actions.

The handbook can be accessed here:


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