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Sedition vs dissent

The law is increasingly being misused against critics

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sedition | dissent | democracy

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 



One of the ironies of the current political climate is that a draconian colonial-era law that served to stifle against the transgressions of an imperial government is being applied with increasing frequency in a country where a party returned to Parliament for a second term with a larger popular majority. The arrest of 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi underlines this point. Ms Ravi was arrested by the cyber wing of the for editing a “toolkit” linked to the farmers’ protest and remanded to five days in custody. This toolkit, a document asking protestors around the world to participate in the protests, was found to have links to a non-governmental organisation associated with the . First, the did not follow due process despite its assurance: A copy of the first information report was made available to Ms Ravi only after a court ordered it. Second, the police is still investigating the case, so the onus is on Ms Ravi to prove her innocence, rather than the police proving her guilt.

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First Published: Wed, February 17 2021. 23:34 IST

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