The Supreme Court in 2018, had issued a slew of guidelines to control the increasing number of hate crimes, including mob violence and lynching.
The central government has informed the Supreme Court that 28 States and Union Territories have appointed nodal officers in compliance with its guidelines to prevent mob violence and lynching following hate speech incidents. The Ministry of Home Affairs has filed a status report on a batch of petitions seeking directions to prevent/curb hate speech.
Centre in its status report told the top court that the states which informed that they have appointed nodal officers are -- Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, UT of Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
The top court has been hearing a batch of pleas seeking steps to be taken against hate speech incidents.