Using Casteist Remarks Over Phone In Public An Offence: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ruled that using casteist remarks over phone in a public place against the SC/ST category amount to criminal Offence warrantin

The top court refused to stay the criminal proceedings and quash an FIR lodged against a person, who allegedly used expletive and derogatory casteist remarks over phone to a woman belonging to the SC/ST category.g a jail of a maximum five years.

The high court had also said that it cannot be persuaded to have a pre-trial before the actual trial begins and the perusal of FIR and material collected by the police on the basis of which the charge sheet was filed “makes out a prima facie case against the accused at this stage and there appear to be sufficient ground” for proceeding against him.