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10 Jul 2003

It had come to the notice of PUDR, Delhi that in Haryana a large number of farmers, mostly supporters or members of the Bharatiya Kishan Union (BKU), are being arrested under section 124-A of the IPC. Section 124-A deals with sedition, with attempts to overthrow the state; it was one of the most invoked laws in colonial India to conveniently suppress any form of dissent or agitation that could not otherwise be branded criminal. This colonial statute has passed onto independent India virtually without any change or modification. And, to the best of our knowledge, the mass use of this law in Haryana is unprecedented in recent times.

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