Tara Rao, Programmes Director at Amnesty International India, said, “Indian courts have ruled that expression can be restricted on grounds of public order only when it involves incitement to imminent violence or disorder. By branding people ‘anti-national’ merely for expressing opposing views, the central government and Delhi police are displaying an appalling intolerance for dissent.”
“From arresting a student under a colonial-era law to failing to prevent attacks inside courts, the Delhi Police has shown a casual disregard for constitutionally guaranteed rights in recent days. This apparent disdain for the right to freedom of expression is both misguided and dangerous,” Rao said.
“The sedition law was used by the British to curb free expression during India’s independence struggle. It’s unfortunate that the government is using it now to silence and harass those with divergent opinions. In the interests of Indian society, this law must be immediately repealed,” she added.