(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Kerala Police Act Amendment & Free Speech

(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Kerala Police Act Amendment & Free Speech

Topic: Kerala Police Act Amendment & Free Speech

Guest:

  • J. Sai Deepak, (Advocate, Supreme Court)
  • Renjith Marar, (Advocate, Supreme Court)
  • Satya Prakash, (Legal Editor, The Tribune)

Topic Description:

The government of Kerala has put on hold the implementation of the Kerala Police Act Amendment after facing massive backlash over the same. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that due to concerns raised by the supporters of the Left Democratic Front, the law will not be amended. The Kerala Government had decided to amend the Kerala Police Act in an effort to check the widespread malicious campaigns through social media and otherwise, which pose a threat to individual freedom and dignity, which are constitutionally ensured to citizens. Criticisms and complaints against defamatory, untrue and obscene campaigns have come up from various quarters of the society. Strong protests have emerged from the society on account of the merciless attacks on various sections including women and transgenders. There have been instances in which even the integrity of families has been affected, resulting in suicides. The need for legally tackling this was raised even by the heads of media houses. It was in these circumstances that an amendment to the Kerala Police Act was envisaged. The amendment evoked varied responses from several corners.

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Courtesy: RSTV