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Thursday, June 7, 2012

'Chinki' will get you 5-years in jail

“Mind your Tongue” before you speak.
'Chinki' will get you 5-years in jail..

Watch your tongue before you call anyone from North-East a 'Chinki' else you could land up behind bars for the next five years. Here is a word of caution for all those who pass a racial slur against the people from North East.

In an attempt to prevent racial discrimination against people from the North East, the Ministry of Home Affairs has directed all the states and Union Territories to book anyone found guilty of atrocity against people from the region, reports said.
The offenders will be booked under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Under the law, an accused can end up spending five years in jail and he could be denied anticipatory bail as well.

The MHA letter says that apart from the victim, anyone, who knows that such a comment has been passed can lodge a complaint. The police are empowered under the Act to arrest the offender without any warrant and launch an investigation. However, if police fail to act on a complaint, a 'serious view' should be taken against the officer or in-charge of the police station, who could be imprisoned for not be less than six months and may be extended to a year.
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