Provision

(1) Whoever, by words either spoken or written or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise,-

(a) makes or publishes any imputation that any class of persons cannot, by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community, bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established or uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, or

(b) asserts, counsels, advises, propagates or publishes that any class of persons by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community be denied, or deprived of their rights as citizens of India, or

(c) makes or publishes and assertion, counsel, plea or

appeal concerning the obligation of any class of persons, by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community, and such assertion counsel, plea or appeal causes or is likely to cause disharmony or feelings of enmity or hatred or ill-will between such members and other persons, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.

(2) Whoever commits an offence specified in sub-section (1), in any place of worship or in any assembly engaged in the performance of religious worship or religious ceremonies, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine].


Simply Put

  • Whoever, by words either spoken or written or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise,
  • Makes or publishes any allegations stating that any class of persons cannot bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established or uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community
  • If anyone asserts, counsels, advises, propagates or publishes that any class of persons be denied or deprived of their rights as citizens of India by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community.
  • If anyone makes or publishes and assertion, counsel, plea or appeal concerning the obligation of any class of persons, by reason of their being members of any religious, racial language or regional group or caste or  community, and such  assertion, counsel, plea or appeal causes or is likely to cause disharmony or feelings of enmity or hatred or ill-will between such  members and other persons, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years  or with fine, or with both.
  • Whoever commits an offence specified in sub-section (1), in any place of worship or in any assembly engaged in the  performance  of religious worship or religious ceremonies, shall  be punished with  imprisonment which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to pay fine



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