• Petitioned Dr Manmohan Singh

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister
Dr Manmohan Singh
Home Minister
sushil kumar shinde

Repeal the Draconian Sedition Law

    1. Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
    2. Petition by

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

      Mumbai (Bombay), India

  1. Section 124(A) of IPC criminalizes the ‘disaffection’ towards the government by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations
  2. This 1860 draconian colonial law was created to stifle dissent during colonial rule.
  3. Tilak, Gandhi, Maulana Azad and Annie Besant were convicted under this law
  4. Today, the law is used to suppress legitimate criticisms of the government
  5. Journalists, Human rights activists, political dissenters, public intellectuals, and even farmers and tribals are targetted by this law
  6. The law goes against the inalienable fundamental right to expression enshrined in our Constitution
  7. The law goes against the very nature of democratic process which relies on active consent and dissent/opposition
  8. The law goes against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of speech and expression
  9. All major world democracies have either repealed this law or discontinued prosecutions
  10. The existence of sedition laws in India’s statute books and the resulting criminalization of ‘disaffection’ towards the state is unacceptable in a democratic society.

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      • almost 2 years ago

      freedom expression of thought does not mean sedition

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    • Francis Braganza MUMBAI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The law goes against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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    • LOUIS MENDONSA MANGALORE, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      sedition law attacks my patriotism and negates my freedom

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      • about 2 years ago

      this country needs people with the courage to speak truth to corrupt power, seditiously if need be. Oh yes, the IPC provision is very unconstitutional and out of tune with a dozen international treaties that the Indian republic has committed to.

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      • about 2 years ago

      i respect the freedom of speech

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