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Rajasthan HC Quashes FIR Against Twitter CEO For Allegedly Defaming Brahmins

Rajasthan HC Quashes FIR Against Twitter CEO
The Rajasthan High Court, on 7th April, 2020, quashed the FIR that was registered against Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey for allegations of “hurting religious sentiments and defaming Brahmins”. The Jodhpur Bench of the court held that the phrase ‘Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy’ “could not be construed as having any direct link with the religious sentiments of any section of society”.

The FIR had shared Jack Dorsey under Sections 295A, 500, 501, 504, 505 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 for holding a placard during a meeting which read “Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy”. The complainant alleged that such an act “amounted to spreading hatred against Brahmins and destroying Indian culture, and that people from other castes and communities would be incited to commit crimes against Brahmins”.

Dorsey responded by informing the court that the placard was merely a gift by a Dalit woman, who was at the event, with the photo of him being posted on twitter without his permission. It was later added that that Dorsey was not even aware of the "full and complex meaning of the placard”.

It was further argued on behalf of Dorsey that the phrase could not be accepted as hurting the religious sentiments of a photo. The complainant on the other hand, argued that the act of uploading of an offending placard which hurt the religious sentiments of the Brahmin community was also defamatory in nature. The court, however, decided that the words “Smash Brahmanical Patriarchy” could not be construed to have a direct link with the religious sentiments of any section of the society. 

The court therefore held that the investigation based on the FIR was uncalled for, and did not disclose the necessarily ingredients of a cognizable offence and was thus quashed. 

 

 


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