May 11, 2022
NCHRO hopeful about sedition law getting revoked: says it has been a
blot on Indian democracy
On May 11, 2022, the Supreme Court stayed all proceedings in sedition
cases. The law will stand paused until the government reviews it.
The Centre had argued against it earlier on, saying it can’t be stayed
based on just a few public interest litigations (PIL).
The sedition law has its roots in colonial India, and a law like that
has no place in a democracy.
Since years many activists had pointed out the repressive nature of
the law, and had spoken against it. It had been a blot on Indian
democracy. However, with this announcement, our democracy has shown a
glimmer of hope.
Human rights organisation, the National Confederation of Human Rights
Organisations (NCHRO) sees this as a welcome development. We think it
is a positive move and a reassurance that our democracy is still
At a time when one gets to hear regressive news regularly in the
media, this announcement has come as refreshing.
We hope we will continue to move in the right direction, and get rid
of section 124(a) along with other laws as well, such as UAPA, NSA,
Prof A Marx