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Brief Outline: A viral message claims that If any one harass or attack Christians in the name of religion, ten years jail, India is a secular and democratic country
Facts Check: Fake
What is Viral?
Supreme Court has passed an emergency verdict.....if any one harass or attack Christians in the name of religion, ten years jail...India is a secular and democratic country...in the name of religion,nobody has the right to suppress or marginalise the Christians.Please forward to all our christian brothers&sisters.....
"United Christian Forum" Toll Free helpline number for Christians in the country was launched today please pass it on to as many Christian people and Pastors as possible. ☎ The number is: 18002084545. This is the number to be contacted in case of any attack on a Church, prayer meeting or a convention. A group of Christian lawyers and influential people connected to the "United Christian Forum" will come forward for immediate help. Valuable information please pass it on. Amen.
Facts Check Analysis: The viral message on the social media is fake as Supreme Court has not passed any such recent law.
Details of IPC Sections 153A, 295 & 295A
SECTION 153 A:
The purpose of the Section 153 A is to punish persons who indulge in wanton vilificati
on or attacks upon the religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc of any particular group or class or upon the founders and prophets of a religion. The jurisdiction of this Section is widened so as to make promotion of disharmony, enmity or feelings of hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities punishable. Offence on moral turpitude is also covered in this section.
The offence is a cognizable offence and the punishment for the same may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both. However, the punishment of the offence committed in a place of worship is enhanced up to five years and fine.
The act of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste, community or any other group.
Acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony between different groups or castes or communities, if the acts disturb public tranquility.
Acts causing fear or alarm or a feeling of insecurity among members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community by use of criminal force or violence against them.
Section 295 of the I.P.C makes destruction, damage, or defilement of a place of worship or an object held sacred, with intent to insult the religion of a class of persons, punishable with imprisonment which may extend to two years, or with fine , or with both. This section has been enacted to compel people to respect the religious susceptibilities of persons of different religious persuasion or creeds.
Ingredients of Section 295:
The accused must do such an act with the intention of insulting the religion of any person, or
with the knowledge that any class of person is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as an insult to their religion.
The accused must destroy , damage or defile any place of worship or any object which is held as sacred by any class of persons.
The object of Section 295-A is to punish deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulating its religion or the religious beliefs. This section only punishes anaggravated form of insult to religion when it is perpetrated with deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of a class.
Ingredients of Section 295-A:
The accused must insult or attempt to insult the religion or religious beliefs of any class of citizens of India.
The said insult must be with a deliberate and malicious intention of outraging the religious feelings of the said class of citizens.
The said insult must be by words, either spoken or written, by signs or by visible representation or otherwise.
The offence under Section 295-A is cognizable and a non-bailableand non-compoundable offence.
The police have a power under to arrest a person charged under Section 295- A without a warrant.
The first part of the message is fake, however as per the United Christian Forum, the second information from the viral message is true.
As per UCF’s facebook post as on January 31, 2015, United Christian Forum For Human Rights National Helpline (1-800-208-4545) assures legal help for victims of targeted Violence