Bill seeking punishment for insulting Mahatma Gandhi introduced in Rajya Sabha
According to the bill, whoever insults, Mahatma Gandhi or other icons of the freedom movement shall get punished with imprisonment for a term of seven years.
A Rajya Sabha member introduced a private member's bill in the House on Friday seeking punishment of seven years for insulting Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters.
The Bill titled "Prevention of Insult to the Father of the Nation and Other Icons of Freedom Movement Bill". It has introduced by Javed Ali, a Samajwadi Party MP in Rajya Sabha.
According to the bill, whoever insults, Mahatma Gandhi or other icons of the freedom movement shall get punishment with imprisonment for a term of seven years.
The bill seeks to "prevent insult to the Father of the Nation and other icons of Freedom Movement or showing of respect to assassins of the Father of the Nation".
Giving the rationale behind proposed legislation, Ali said insults to Mahatma Gandhi in recent years and other freedom fighters had increased and existing laws had failed to check these acts.
A private member's bill can get introduced by an MP other than a Union minister. Such a bill introduced by the member in his personal capacity and normally such bills fails to get passed.