Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has approved the disputed ordinance related to changes in police law. The opposition has questioned the LDF government’s law, saying that it will give unnecessary and unlimited power to the police. This will also curb the freedom of the press. There is also a provision of 5 years in jail on objectionable social media posts in this law.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has approved the disputed ordinance. The Left coalition LDF has increased the powers and rites of the police through this law. Under this, a person can be punished with 5 years in jail or a fine of ten thousand rupees or both if found guilty on social media for abusive or defamatory posts.
The opposition is opposing these stringent provisions of the law. Sources in the government say that the ordinance will protect women and children, who fall prey to hateful statements and intimidation sentences on social media. The government says that such attacks on social media are also a threat to the physical and mental security of any person. Under the amended law, the police are allowed to take action in such cases by taking suo motu cognizance.
However, opposition parties say that this law will give unlimited powers to the police unnecessarily and there is a possibility of its misuse. This will also hurt the freedom of the press. The state government can clamp down on its critics through this law. Congress leader P Chidambaram has expressed surprise about this law by tweeting.
He wrote, the law passed by the Left Democratic Fund (LDF) government in Kerala is shocking. It provides for 5 years in jail for any objectionable post on social media. When the LDF government took this decision in October for changes in the Police Act 2011, the ally CPI also expressed concern over it.