CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis, @Dev_Fadnavis, Reissue the Circular on Sec 124A to Safeguard Our Free Speech
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3 years ago, I was arrested wrongfully for my cartoons under the serious charge of sedition. It was a clear violation of the Freedom of Speech and Expression.
4 days back, the Maharashtra government released a circular reinterpreting the law that makes the situation much worse. Sign my petition to help safeguard our fundamental rights.
Criticising the government can now land you in jail for life. Based on this circular, the police can now arrest any activist, protester or even a regular citizen complaining on Facebook for sedition. Your penalty could be a hefty fine or jail time ranging from 3 years to life imprisonment.
Sign my petition asking the Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to reissue this circular and correct this error to prevent innocent citizens from being arrested for speaking their minds.
In my case, the police misinterpreted the law to arrest me for my political cartoons. The Supreme Court dismissed my case and asked the government to issue clear guidelines to ensure this did not happen again.
But the Maharashtra Government has issued a circular that allows the police to arrest anyone who criticises the government or elected officials. It leaves out key parts of the law that specify that “only wordings, signs or acts inciting hatred or violence” can be viewed as sedition.
The media is already protesting against this violation of our fundamental rights. If thousands of us sign this petition, we can convince CM Fadnavis to retract this circular and reissue clear and unambiguous guidelines to the police.
Let us work together to keep our fundamental rights safe.
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