Published On: Mon, Jan 2nd, 2017

SC outlaws the practice of seeking vote on the basis of religion, caste

 Giving an clear answer to the several decades’ old question that whether seeking vote on the basis of religion is illegal or not, revisiting the twenty year old judgement that Hinduism is a way of living so seeking vote on the basis of Hinduism is not a crime, and providing an clear warning to all parties ahead of the upcoming assembly election in the five crucial states where the religion and caste are expected to play a crucial role, the Supreme Court of India has outlawed the practice of seeking vote on the basis of religion or caste. The crucial judgement is given by a seven-member bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur. While giving the verdict, the court reminds the public that India is a secular country and the election is a secular activity, in which the religion has no role. Moreover, it adds that we should not let anyone mix the state activity with the religion activity or faith. It further adds that such practices do not have constitutional validity. As per the report, it is said that in states like Punjab and UP, which are going to embrace elections in the upcoming months, the religion and caste is likely to play a crucial role. Since the controversial Hindutva verdict, the top court has been witnessing several petitions seeking a proper clarification in the verdict. Anyway, several secular leaders have wholeheartedly welcomed the move calling it as a historic decision.

Vignesh

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SC outlaws the practice of seeking vote on the basis of religion, caste