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India’s Supreme Court Won’t Ban Sardar Jokes

“Sikhs are a highly respected community but you’re bringing it down by fighting litigation to ban these jokes,” said the court while hearing a petition filed by lawyer Harvinder Choudhary.

NEW DELHI – The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to issue any direction on a petition seeking to ban jokes on Sikhs, saying it will be impossible to implement its order or guidelines.

The apex court said it can’t lay moral guidelines for the citizens over the issue.

“Sikhs are a highly respected community but you’re bringing it down by fighting litigation to ban these jokes,” said the court while hearing a petition filed by lawyer Harvinder Choudhary.

“Even if we issue guidelines who will control it,” the court said. If the jokes are a “societal or psychological phenomenon” then the matter lies in the domain of the legislature, it said.

Choudhary had contended that such jokes portray the Sikh community in negative light and wants such websites, which disseminate such ‘insensitive’ jokes, to be prosecuted under laws that carry a prison term of six months to five years.

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