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IS INDIA CRIMINALIZING COMEDY AND ENTERTAINMENT?



Since the stand- up comedy gained popularity through internet, the comedy is taken as offensive


Allegations faced by comedians in recent times

  • Comedian Munawar Faruqui had been accused of making ‘objectionable remarks on Hindu Gods and Goddesses’ and was denied bail. The court was of the opinion that granting bail would create a law and order situation.

  • In December 2020, the Supreme Court of India issued a notice against comedian Kunal Kamra for contempt of court. He criticized apex court’s order of granting bail to Arnab Goswami, Republic TV Editor-in Chief in abetment to suicide case.

  • In 2020, comedian Agrima Joshua who made joke of Shivaji statute project of the Maharashtra project had reeived rape threats and abuses and legal action.

  • In 2017, Comedian Tanmay Bhat was facing charges under Section 500 of IPC (defamation) and Section 67 of the IT Act which provides punishment or publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form. He had tweeted a meme of PM Narender Modi with a dog filter on snapchat.

  • Comedian Kapil Sharma and Kiku Sharda have been accused in 2016 for their remarks against government and Dera Sacha Sauda Chief respectively.

RELEVANCE OF ABOVE INCIDENTS | They can be quoted as current happenings while any question on sedition, defamation or offence under IT Act etc was asked.


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