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Monday, November 19, 2012

Freedom of Expression: A dieing thing in India..

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Restrictions:
The freedom of speech and of the press does not confer an absolute right to express without any responsibility. Lord Denning, in his famous book Road to Justice, observed that press is the watchdog to see that every trial is conducted fairly, openly and above board, but the watchdog may sometimes break loose and has to be punished for misbehaviour.[11] With the same token Clause (2) of Article 19 of the Indian constitution enables the legislature to impose reasonable restrictions on free speech under following heads:

    I. security of the State,
    II. friendly relations with foreign States,
    III. public order,
    IV. decency and morality,
    V. contempt of court,
    VI. defamation,
    VII. incitement to an offence, and
    VIII. sovereignty and integrity of India.


This is what our consitiuation says about our freedom to speak and express. But I don't think India is any way near such freedom, we are a regressing country in term of freedom to speek. Why I am saying all this if you are asking this questin? take a look at this news
http://zeenews.india.com/news/maharashtra/girl-held-for-slamming-thackeray-death-shutdown-on-facebook_811632.html

This girl was arrested for posting, ""Her comment said people like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a 'bandh' (city shutdown) for that". It is her personal opinion, and worst was the girl who like this comment was also arrested. This rings alarmbell in my ears, What next, tomorrow might be I also get arrested for any comment on my blog, or any post like this on my blog. but what this mean to our society or police.

The police has again became the real hero in this case, the should have provided the protection to the girls who have been threatend by the Shiv Sena member but they arrested the girl. Now that was the act of real heroism. take nothing away from police, they will do it again and blame it on the some time politician, some time media and rest of time to public.

I don't what that girl must be facing, she might stop using facebook, but will she be able to stop talking to anyone with the fear of hurting to someone. Personally I felt this was really show why we Indian still shy away from saying the truth because we know sometime it will land us in big trouble. I never felt like reading about Late Mr. Bal Thakrey, but he was cartoonist himself whould have created so many cartoon which might not be the public sentiment but it was his personal freedom of writing and expression.

Hope Indian will have a better sense of humor and better sense of undersatnding rather than just following what other are doing. Kisi sayar ne kaha hai..
" Ghar se maszir bahut dur hai chalo yuu kar le,
Kisi rote hue bache ko hasaya jaye"

P.S.: Personal opinion, Nothing official about it. But seriously I support the girl post and the girl who liked the comment.