Sedition punishment: 399 cases of sedition were registered in seven years, only 9 people were punished

The Supreme Court on Wednesday put an interim stay on the sedition law. Now no case can be registered under this section unless the Center considers it. The central and state governments have also been asked not to register any new cases under the Act. Respondent in jail can approach the court for bail. If […]
 


Sedition punishment: 399 cases of sedition were registered in seven years, only 9 people were punished

The Supreme Court on Wednesday put an interim stay on the sedition law. Now no case can be registered under this section unless the Center considers it. The central and state governments have also been asked not to register any new cases under the Act. Respondent in jail can approach the court for bail. If we look at the law of sedition from the point of view of statistics, then many things come to the fore. Importantly, many cases have been registered under this act but the conviction rate is very low. The apex court, during the hearing on the Sedition Act on May 11, had asked the central and state governments to refrain from registering FIRs under it. The court said that the central government should reconsider the sedition law.

How many cases have been registered under the law?

The figures of cases registered under the Sedition Act between 2014 and 2020 show that 399 cases were reported in seven years. Of these, charge sheets were filed in 169. While only 9 people were convicted. Only 69 cases out of 399 were completed.

47 cases registered in 2014, chargesheet filed in 14 cases, one person punished

30 cases registered in 2015, chargesheet filed in 6 cases, no punishment

35 cases registered in 2016, chargesheet filed in 16 cases, one convicted

51 cases registered in 2017, chargesheet filed in 27 cases, one person punished

70 cases registered in 2018, chargesheet filed in 38 cases, 2 people punished

91 cases registered in 2019, chargesheet filed in 40 cases, one convicted

70 cases registered in 2020, chargesheet filed in 28 cases, 3 people punished

What is this sedition law?

Let us tell you that Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code deals with the sedition law. According to the law, if any person writes, speaks or uses any other material against the government or tries to bring humiliation to the country or does something against the country, then a case under section 124A of the IPC can be registered against him. could. Apart from this, a case of sedition has also been registered for indulging in other anti-national activities. This law is being opposed in the country for a long time. Opponents argue that this law was made during the British period.

 

This law was made in 1870 during the British rule. This law was then applied to those who rebelled and protested against the British rule. Many were later sentenced to life imprisonment under the law. Bengal journalist Jogendra Chandra Bose was first charged with sedition in 1891. They were opposing the economic policies of the British government and laws against child marriage. This law was also used against the great freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the year 1897. Apart from this many freedom fighters were accused of sedition and this law was implemented. The British government also used this law against the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.