Police Act Amendment: CPI mouthpiece expresses concern


The amendment can be used for violating the democratic values, fundamental rights and the freedom of the press.

Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI mouthpiece expressed concern over the amendment made to the Police Act in order to stop cyber bullying and harassment through social media.

'Janayugam' published an editorial article on the amendment of Kerala Police Act generally welcoming it, but also stated that chances are high for the law to get misused.

The amendment can be used for violating the democratic values, fundamental rights and freedom of the press. The law was amended without proper discussions, the article criticized.

The current law has sections to charge case against those who engage in crimes through social media. The high court said in its verdict that the police should remain vigilant. However, the mention about police was not taken seriously.

If the law is intended to stop crimes against women and children, laws can be made stricter. However, such laws should be formed through creative and democratic discussions and it should not limit the fundamental rights and freedom, the editorial stated.

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