Sedition Law reforms needed

The Lahore High Court’s decision to annul Section 124A of the sedition law is a step towards progress. In India, however, the sedition law is still in abeyance, which is a matter of concern. The sedition law was enacted during British colonial rule in 1860 and is now being used for political purposes. This law is a violation of the right to freedom of expression, which is granted to every citizen by the Constitution of Pakistan. The sedition law is a tool to suppress dissent and has been used against citizens who criticize the rulers. It is high time that India also takes a cue from Pakistan and rethinks the sedition law. The law should be reformed so that it cannot be used to curb the freedom of speech and expression of citizens.
Yash Pal Ralhan, Jalandhar

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