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Kerala's Ordinance is as regressive as 'love jihad' laws

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Kerala | Pinarayi Vijayan  | Love jihad

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 



Chief Minister may have dodged a bullet by agreeing with the CPI(M) high command to reconsider the draconian Ordinance amending the Police Act. The Ordinance, which was signed with unusual alacrity by Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Saturday, added Section 118A to the Act and mandated a five-year jail term, a Rs 10,000 fine, or both, for anyone sending offensive, humiliating, or threatening messages. Mr Vijayan claimed that the Ordinance, which had been cleared by the Cabinet as far back as October 31, was aimed at protecting the women in the state from online harassment, though it is unclear why he felt the urgency to rush through this amendment without full debate in the Assembly. It is possible that senior leaders of his party understood that, apart from the damaging political fallout — given the remarkable condemnation across party lines, from the Congress to the Bharatiya Janata Party — the Ordinance would have failed before a judicial challenge. In 2015, the Supreme Court struck down the infamous Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, that made posting “offensive” comments online a crime punishable by a jail term as being constitutionally ultra vires and violative of the basic right to free speech.

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First Published: Tue, November 24 2020. 01:36 IST

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