A-G lashes out at riots, intolerance

Highlights violence before SC Bench
In an uncharacteristic public criticism of growing violence, intolerance and rioting in the country, Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal told the Supreme Court on Friday that there was an incident of major rioting every week in the country. Appearing before a three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Mr. Venugopal pointed to how a certain “group” threatened to cut off the nose of Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone for her portrayal of Queen Padmavati in the movie Padmaavat . He said the threat amounted to hate speech and criminal intimidation. “What has been done to that person [who threatened Ms. Padukone]?” Mr. Venugopal said. He referred to how the Kanwariyas had overturned cars in the capital.
“It took five hours from Benares [Varanasi] to Allahabad. Half of the national highway was cordoned off because of them,” Justice D.Y. Chandrachud remarked. “There is an incident of major rioting every week, even by educated groups…The Marathas in Maharashtra, the SCs/STs… Nothing is done,” Mr. Venugopal said.
“What is to be done,” Chief Justice Misra asked Mr. Venugopal. “Fix responsibility on someone! Once the responsibility is fixed on the Superintendent of Police of each district, the scenario will change. The courts can haul him up, ask him to show the videos of the incident, ask him how many FIRs have been filed,” Mr. Venugopal said. “You cannot touch third-party property… for that matter, you cannot burn your own house… these happenings must stop,” Chief Justice Misra observed orally. The court was hearing a plea by the Kerala-based Kodungallur Film Society, which said “common people think anarchy prevails” in the country.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/a-g-lashes-out-at-riots-intolerance/article24661246.ece

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