A Stand-Up Comedian and His Criminal Liability Owing to Jokes Insulting Religious Beliefs of a Community

In this article, the authors argue that the jokes of a stand-up comedian, made merely to entertain people cannot always be regarded to be of such nature which could qualify the ingredients of an offence of hurting religious sentiments defined under Indian Penal Code, 1860. With the help of judicial precedents, the authors identify different categories of blasphemy and identify the instances in the which a person be made liable, with a specific emphasis on stand-up comedy.
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