Sedition under Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code: An Analysis
Volume II – Issue II, 2019
Freedom of speech is one of the most important aspect of a democracy. The law of sedition under section 124 of Indian Penal Code violates this very fundamental freedom. This section has been used by British administration for stifling freedom fighters’ voices and one would hope that it would not make its way into the independent India. However it still found its way through Indian Legal system. Indian judiciary has tried to limit its ambit and interpret it in a constitutional manner. Regardless, the government has launched unnecessary proceedings against innocent individuals due to political vendetta. The suffering of these individuals caused by harassment under this section is blatant violation of human rights and is testimony why this law needs to be repealed. Furthermore, Indian laws provide sufficient safeguards for maintaining security and sovereignty of the state.