Sedition cases in India reach all-time high

More being held for alleged anti-state actions under laws that rarely lead to convictions

Demonstrators wearing masks with the image of climate activist Disha Ravi in New Delhi on Monday to protest against her arrest under India's sedition law earlier this month. She was released on bail on Tuesday.
Demonstrators wearing masks with the image of climate activist Disha Ravi in New Delhi on Monday to protest against her arrest under India's sedition law earlier this month. She was released on bail on Tuesday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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

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

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2021, with the headline 'Sedition cases in India reach all-time high'. Subscribe