A Maharashtra law that criminalises “hate speech” in the state is likely to pass, the country’s top political party has said.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNRS) said it had approved the law on Tuesday and had “full confidence” in Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who signed it into law on Saturday.
The law, which requires public schools to teach students about “hate, bigotry, discrimination, violence and hatred”, comes in response to a number of controversial incidents involving anti-national content on social media.
The new law makes it a criminal offence to spread “hate content”, and it also requires internet service providers to block hate content.
The new law is likely in the pipeline for passing in the coming days, the party said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The legislation will ensure that the education of our children is based on scientific truth and not in the ideology of any group or political party,” the statement said.
Fadnavi has promised to take up the issue of hate speech with state-level legislators, which is an uphill task given that the legislation is based in the Maharashtra state government.
The bill is likely for a vote on Monday.FADNAVIS REFUSES TO RESPOND TO HATE IN MALAYSIAN UNIVERSITY’S UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA’S ADMINISTRATION The university’s dean, who did not want to be named, said that the law had no bearing on the university.
“We are just a normal university,” he said.