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New Terror law for whom?

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I still don’t understand why did we require a new Terror law to detain a person for 180 days without producing him in the court. What advantage does it give to our system of justice, if he is going to get freed after those 180 days? If any improvement is required, one should focus on collecting more and more data and point of inputs (camera) so that the quality or amount of evidences against the accused is increased.

The funnier side of this, the law came as a response to the Mumbai Terror Attack. I don’t know how could an internal terror law prevent people from plotting and planning a mass-murder sitting outside India, and then sneaking into India to carry out those plans.

From the past experience, the detained are mostly political soft targets and were released without even being in Court. The percentage of minorities in the list was also very high.

I agree to Amnesty’s points those were published against this new law. It’s going to harm more than it seems.


Written by Diganta

December 20, 2008 at 9:04 am

Posted in India, Terrorism

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  1. I think the new law is very much warranted. It came after the Mumbai terror attack but that doesn’t mean that it was not required. In my opinion, such a law helps to act stringently against those:

    a) Terrorist activities that happen within the country
    b) Abetting terrorist activity that might be master minded outside of India. (I am of the view that even terrorist activity plotted outside of the country most likely will need and have support from inside the country).

    I remember same arguments like what you have put forth were also put forth by many political parties in the aftermath of the bomb blasts in Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Delhi.


    December 20, 2008 at 10:58 am

  2. People tend to view terror law as a mantra which will magically eliminate all forms of terror activities from the country but they should remember that not the law but the law enforcement agencies that need to be remodelled and most probably steps are being taken in these directions.

    i had written on this in the aftermath of the Delhi terror attack [ ] but im glad to have an oppurtunity to revisit it here.

    Post Mumbai attack i have been feeling inreasingly that some sort if terror law may be introduced temporarily not to curb or fight terror attacks but just to restore the confidence of the people on the state. At the same time there should be some sort of control to ensure that these laws are not being abused to target minorities and political opponents and finally, strict laws like these that puts the onus of proving innocence to the accused should be temporary and be discarded the moment the threat has been removed. Abuse of these laws would actually be counter-productive so the government has to walk on a tight rope.


    December 20, 2008 at 1:10 pm

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