Delhi court asks Google to take down allegedly offensive videos about Sikhism and its gurus
It also restrained the company from uploading or publishing any content with hate speeches or derogatory comments about any religion.
A Delhi court on Thursday gave Google India a week to take down videos and articles featuring a woman from the city allegedly making derogatory statements against the Sikh religion and its gurus, PTI reported.
Civil Judge Jasjeet Kaur, during in-chamber proceedings, passed an ex-parte interim injunction – or a restraining order – saying that prima facie, it appeared that the woman – one Sakshi Bhardwaj – had made derogatory remarks against Sikh gurus.
The court was hearing a petition moved by GS Walia, a chief commercial inspector in the Northern Railways, Live Law reported. Walia said he came across the videos on YouTube and wrote to Google India asking it to take them down. He claimed that the tech giant did not respond, which is why he moved court.
The court said Sikhs were likely to “feel grave insult to their religious sentiments” if the videos continued to circulate. It pointed out that social harmony and law and order could also be affected.
The court has issued notices to Google India and the Delhi Police commissioner on the plea and posted the matter for hearing on November 22.