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 Supreme Court of India agreed to examine a PIL which seeks a ban on jokes on Sikhs and Sardars. Claiming that such jokes are a violation of their right to equality with fellow citizens and an attack on the dignity of the community, the petitioner said the court should order the government to ensure such jokes are taken off websites and filters are put in place to stop more such jokes on the internet.

Filed by Sikh lawyer Harvinder Chowdhury, the petition also says offenders should be told to deposit a compensation in the National Legal Aid if Sardar jokes should be banned online Fund. It adds that the Ministries of Telecom and Information and Broadcasting should either ban the websites or direct them to remove such jokes since “they tend to portray the Sardar community as people of low intellect”.

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