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“Sedition Cases in India”

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    11th Mar, 2020

In the last two months, India has come across several cases of sedition being slapped against a range of people across the country. 

Issue

Context:

In the last two months, India has come across several cases of sedition being slapped against a range of people across the country. 

Background:

  • In India, sedition remains the most controversial offence out of all other offences.
  • Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was introduced by the British Raj in 1870.
  • The British brought in this law to crush the freedom struggle and terrorise those who might “wage war” against the government. 
  • In the 150 years since then, this draconian colonial relic, which even the British have now abolished, has been only misused.
  • Globally, sedition is increasingly viewed as a draconian law and was revoked in the United Kingdom in 2010.
  • In India itself, there have been two attempts, via private member bills, in the last decade to revoke it - but both efforts were thwarted by governments.
  • More recently in 2018, the 21st Law Commission of India issued a consultation paper asking for views on revoking sedition as an offence but the commission’s term ended before it could deliver its recommendations.
  • Over time, the Indian government’s stance has been consistent on sedition.
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