Kerala govt has put on hold the application of the Kerala Police Amendment Act after it has been opposed and criticised hugely. Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said that due to concerns and objections raised by the supporters of the Left Democratic Front, the law will now not be amended and also has declared that the ordinance has officially been lapsed.
After the announcement of ordinance it has faced massive criticism by different quarters of the government and by those who stand for the protection of democracy hence this amendment has been now taken back to avoid any major repurcussions that may arise if it is implemented despite of so much of opposition.
The Kerala Cabinet, last month, had announced an amendment in the police act with the purpose of strengthening the Act by recommending the addition of Section 118-A. It included either imprisonment for up to five years or a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or both to those who produce, publish or disseminate content through any means of communication with an intention to intimidate, insult or defame any person through social media.
Facing intense backlashes and critical outputs from the opposition over the new law against offensive social media posts, CM Vijayan had said that the latest amendment will in no way be used against free speech or impartial journalism and assured that he and his government will “reconsider” the act without harming any citizen’s fundamental rights.