Freedom Of Speech On Hate Speech

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That freedom of speech is quintessential to the survival of democracy is almost a universal truth – one which finds support in the Indian Constitution as well. However, freedom of speech, if left completely unbridled, can be abused, to marginalize certain social groups. Such speech, which incites hatred towards a particular social group – usually national, religious, or racial, is commonly known as hate speech.

Before elaborating on the subject of hate speech however, it is imperative to look at what the word ‘speech’ connotes – in the context of hate speech, as well as by itself. The word ‘speech’ has not been discussed in legal parlance as much as the associated idea of ‘freedom of speech’. Therefore, we must consider the definition of

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