More Indians face sedition charges, few convicted, but many stay in jail for years awaiting trial

Last week, Disha Ravi (centre), a 22-year-old climate activist, was arrested under India's colonial-era sedition law.
Last week, Disha Ravi (centre), a 22-year-old climate activist, was arrested under India's colonial-era sedition law.PHOTO: AFP

BANGALORE - More Indians are being detained for alleged anti-state actions under harsh laws that rarely lead to convictions.

Last week, Disha Ravi, a 22-year-old climate activist, was arrested under India's colonial-era sedition law for allegedly helping prepare an online document that detailed methods to support ongoing farmer protests. The offence is punishable with life imprisonment.

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