Govt mulls over changing IPC to protect N-E people

Govt mulls over changing IPC to protect N-E people

The government is planning to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to insert two new provisions which will grant five years in prison to anyone who uses insulting words like “Chinese, Momos, Chinki, Chichi Chu Chu” to describe people from the North-East.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the recommendation by the M P Bezbaruah committee in this regard is "under consideration" of the government. “In principle, we agree with it,” Singh told a press conference.

The Bezbaruah Committee had wanted the insertion of a new provision in Section 153 of IPC to provide for imprisonment up to five years with a fine for those who “by words or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise” discriminate against people on the ground of race. Any person who is “likely to cause fear or alarm or a feeling of insecurity amongst the members of that racial group” is also liable for punishment.

The committee also wanted another provision in Section 509, which deals with someone using words, gestures or acts intended to insult a member of particular racial group of any race. The panel was set up in February 2014 by the previous UPA government in the wake of the killing of Nido Tania, a youth from Arunachal Pradesh, in January last year. The panel was told to look into the various concerns of the citizens hailing from the northeast living in different parts of the country and to suggest suitable remedial measures.

Liked the story?

  • 0

    Happy
  • 0

    Amused
  • 0

    Sad
  • 0

    Frustrated
  • 0

    Angry