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Whose public interest?
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The government of India has taken the stifling of dissent in the name of public interest to great lengths without encountering any resistance.

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Why blame the government alone? Political parties in India know how
to muzzle public voice if any view is expressed on the leader of a
party. We have seen how two young girls were harassed by workers
of a political party,when they just posted the views on Facebook,on
the closure of Mumbai city,following the death of a regional party's
leader,and the girl's other friend just pressed,"Liked" on the face
book. These two Palghar girls were arrested in the night,under the
draconian Section 66(a) of the Information Technology Act. Their
uncle's hospital was vandalised by the workers of the political party.
The hapless girls had to fend for themselves. In India,there are no
laws for damages for such action. Freedom of expression is always
under threat. Recently,parents of a child of a school,who raised the
fees,and they raised their voice,are facing defamation suit filed by
the school,to the tune of Rs.5 crores. Who will come to the rescue
of these parents?
from:  Deendayal Lulla
Posted on: Jun 1, 2013 at 15:09 IST
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