10:21pm, 31st August, 2016
According to the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the sedition cases in 2015 have come down from 47 to 30, and among all the states Nitish Kumar’s Bihar topped in maximum numbers of sedition cases in the Nation.
In 2015, a total number of 30 sedition cases were registered in the country, which is 17 less than 2014’s NCRB data. While nation recorded a drop, Bihar has the maximum number of sedition cases. With total nine out of thirty, Bihar leads the list, and Haryana, Karnataka, and Kerala follow Bihar.
However, the bureau data also states that in 2015, a total number of 571 cases under ‘offence against the state’ were registered in the Nation. It was last year when NCRB first listed ‘Offences against the state’, it includes waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the government (Section 121 of IPC), conspiracy to commit offences punishable by Section 121 (Section 121A) and collecting arms with intention of waging war against the government (Section 122), among others.
According to the data, in 2015 Bihar’s Eastern neighbor Uttar Pradesh, topped the list of ‘Offence against state’, with total 60 cases registered in the state, which was followed by Telangana with 54 cases, Karnataka with 49 and Kerala with 45 such cases.
A few days back in Karnataka, a sedition case was filed against former Member of Parliament, and Actor Ramya for just saying, “Pakistan is not hell, and people there are just like us.” Which again outraged the debate of how people misuse the 156-year-old, colonial-era law.
Let us know what do you think about sedition law, do we use it, or abuse it? Do we even need it?
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Article Source: ETV Bihar, Times of India