In a press conference at the press club of India, a panel of concerned eminent citizens including Arundhati Roy, Yogendra Yadav, Bezwada Wilson, Sanjay Hegde, Nadeem Khan and Nivedita Menon called out the brazen incarceration of dissenters- The joint statement protests the problematic definition of ‘designated protest sites’ and reminds, “We took to the streets when Nirbhaya was raped and murdered. We did not do it on the ‘designated spots’. And we pushed our government to change the laws…The notion of “public order” in 19(2) is reasonable only when protest threatens violence and disorder, not when the protesters peacefully demand equality, justice and for deepening of democracy. We shall fight all the attempts to stiffle our democracy.”
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