Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Arundhati and sedition - the legal angle

Read this short but well-researched article on precedents for the use of Section 124 of the Indian Penal Code and its applicability to Arundhati Roy. It is rare to come across such objective analyses in the mainstream media, especially while the dust over a matter has not yet settled. In the middle of the emotional hysteria, who has the time to ask what the law says?

While you are on the story, also check out the reader comments on the same story. Note the number of calls for her head in spite of there not being adequate legal basis for it, and the references to how democratic will should trump laws. I am not about to start statisticizing on the basis of reader comments, of all things, but nonetheless the large-scale disregard for the due process of law is noteworthy.

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