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Ten Reasons Why You Should Sign the Petition at

September 10, 2012
  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 All major world democracies have either repealed this law or discontinued prosecutions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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2 Comments leave one →
  1. natarajan permalink
    September 14, 2012 11:40 AM

    Those who have a new found interest in removing ‘sedition’ law in the wake of one cartoonist’s arrest, need also to, equally vociferously, take up the issue of hundreds of villagers in Idinthikarai (Tamil Nadu) charged with the same draconian, colonial and outdated sedition law. The people of Indinthikarai and surrounding areas are protesting the commissioning of the Koondankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Share this if you are against such anti people laws and approaches.


  1. If speaking the truth is sedition then I have indeed committed sedition: Aseem Trivedi writes from jail « Kafila

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