More than 13,000 Indians, trapped by a colonial law, are suspended in a legal blackhole. Who are they? Why do they face prison sentences for things they have said or done under a law that most democratic countries have abolished? How do the State and the courts use this archaic law? Explore India’s first public, empirical and investigative repository on the use of sedition.
More than 800 sedition cases have been filed against 13,000 Indians since 2010.
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The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of sedition in 1962, stressing it could be invoked only against those who incite or intend to incite violence. But governments have used the law to suppress dissent, protest movements and criticism of policies and politicians.
Explore trends in sedition cases. Click on a trend to find number of people accused and cases filed. Use the ADVANCED panel to refine results or plot your own patterns.