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India uses outdated laws to silence dissent, says Human Rights Watch

Indian student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was recently arrested on sedation charge

By: Eastern Eye Staff

India routinely uses outdated and loosely worded laws to crack down on dissent, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, urging the government to repeal or amend legislation used to stifle free speech. A new report from the group details the use of colonial-era laws such as sedition and criminal defamation to clamp down on government critics in the world’s biggest democracy. It comes months after the arrest of Indian student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on a controversial sedition charge sparked major protests and a nationwide debate over free speech. “India’s abusive laws are the hallmark of a repressive society, not a…

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