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Kerala's 'draconian' Police Act 118 A: What it is and the story so far

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Kerala's 'draconian' Police Act 118 A: What it is and the story so far

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in a statement on Monday, said the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance will no longer be implemented. He said a detailed discussion will be held in the Assembly on it after which the next course of action will be decided, duly considering the opinions coming up from all quarters.

The Kerala cabinet had decided last month to give more teeth to the Police Act by recommending the addition of section 118-A. It stipulates a jail term of up to five years or a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or both for those who produce, publish or disseminate content through any means of communication with an intention to intimidate, insult or defame any person through social media.

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