The Supreme Court recently observed that one cannot resort to abusive language against historical figures in the guise of artistic expression and free speech to accentuate sensationalism.
- The court said though a person might have the liberty of thoughts, it could not be an excuse for abusing nationally revered figures.
- The Court was dealing with a plea of a Marathi writer, who faced a criminal case over writing an “obscene” poem on Mahatma Gandhi.
- The poem was published in the in-house magazine of the Bank of Maharashtra Employees Union in 1994.
- The editor of the Magazine faced charges of publishing the ‘vulgar and obscene’ poem.
Sources: The Hindu.