Offensive posts against SC/ST on social media a punishable offence: Delhi HC

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The judgement was given when a Bench of judges at Delhi High Court were listening to one of the incidents that took place where a woman who belongs to a Scheduled Caste complaint of social media harassment against her sister-in-law.

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