The sedition law, under which Gandhi and his freedom fighters were jailed, has been reviled and condemned as anachronistic and an imperialist hand-me-down. It has also been challenged in court. But it still flourishes.
The Uttar Pradesh Police has registered 21 FIRs across the state in the aftermath of the alleged gang rape and death of a 19-year-old woman in Hathras. The FIRs have been filed against charges such as defaming the government, inciting communal tension, sedition, promoting enmity, and criminal conspiracy.