UPSC Jihad: SC “extremely concerned” over controversial show

Of late, Sudarshan channel’s show called ‘UPSC Jihad’ has ignited much controversy for its alleged use of hateful connotations against Muslims. The Delhi high court had allowed a stay on the screening of the show until the Centre took it up on September 15.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had directed the channel to ensure that the show did not violate any program code and had further stated that any violation of the same will attract disciplinary action. However, the show had already aired four of the 9 episodes before the SC hearing.

The show mentions the alleged “infiltration of Muslim students” of Jamia Millia Islamia University into the Indian bureaucracy.  

While the Advocates of the show are referring to ‘Freedom of Speech’ as an argument, the apex court has taken a strong stance against the hate.

“As judge of the Constitutional Court, I have a constitutional duty to protect human dignity, which is as important as our duty to protect free speech. We respect the right of freedom of speech but we are absolutely concerned about these kinds of attacks against a community,” Justice D Y Chandrachud said in a statement.

Additionally, an intervention application has been filed in the Supreme Court by OpIndia.com, Indic Collective Trust, and the UpWord Foundation. The application claims that the series is in consonance with the “contemporary standard of religious reporting”. 

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