Siddharth Narrain

Siddharth Narrain is a lawyer and Research Associate at Sarai - Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. His research interests revolve around the intersection of law and media, debates around the freedom of speech and expression, and gender and sexuality rights. He has co-edited "The Shifting Scales of Justice: The Supreme Court in Neo-liberal India" (Orient Blackswan 2014), a collection of essays on the politics of the Indian Supreme Court. He has worked earlier as a legal researcher for the Alternative Law Forum, Bangalore, and as a journalist with The Hindu group of publications. Hate Speech, Incitement to Violence, and the Law’, 25th March, 2015.

The raging controversy over the documentary India’s Daughter, have highlighted an important issue within contemporary discourse around freedom of speech and expression. What constitutes hate speech in Indian law? What are the intersections between hate speech law and the gender, sexuality and identity based violence? What are the factors that the law takes into account while determining whether a speech act falls within the definition of hate speech, and incitement to violence? This presentation will focus on contemporary debates to ask explore these questions, and to suggest ways in which law and policy could deal with this issue.