Sedition Law: Pakistan’s court canceled sedition law, will it end in India too?

Sedition Law Explained: A Pakistani court on Thursday (March 30) repealed the Sedition Law of the British era. Petitions were filed to repeal this law. Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court struck down Section 124-A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) relating to sedition while hearing a petition by Haroon Farooq, a petitioner.

What is sedition or sedition law in India?

In India too, section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) deals with sedition or sedition. According to this section, a person is guilty of sedition who by words, writing, by signs or signs or by any other means, spreads hatred, contempt, excites public or tries to excite disaffection. < /p>

Treason or treason are usually considered the same but there is a difference between the two. In case of defamation or contempt of the government, a case of treason is made and in case of defamation or contempt of the country, the person is considered guilty under treason. However, in India, in both cases of sedition or treason, the case is registered only under section 124-A of the IPC. 

Will sedition law be abolished in India?

The law of sedition was brought by the British government in India. In the UK it was abolished in 2009. Now it has been canceled by the Lahore High Court of Pakistan. In India too, such questions have been raised whether the law of sedition will be abolished here too?

Behind the questions of abolishing the law, there is a growing apprehension about its misuse. According to reports, in July 2021, the then Chief Justice NV Ramana had said in one of his remarks that even after 75 years of independence, why is sedition law needed? He had said that the British had brought this law, which was brought to suppress the freedom struggle. At that time Attorney General KK Venugopal insisted on making guidelines for sedition law instead of scrapping it. 

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