State pro­poses 5 years in jail for por­tray­ing cops ‘in bad light’

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Film mak­ers and playwrights in Ma­ha­rash­tra had bet­ter watch how they por­tray po­lice per­son­nel in films and plays as they could end up in jail for up to five years.

The state doesn’t want cops por­trayed “in a bad light” and pro­poses to en­sure this through a new law. The pro­posed In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Act has some other strin­gent pro­vi­sions too, such as curbs on more than 100 peo­ple as­sem­bling at a place, which have drawn protests from op­po­si­tion par­ties and civil so­ci­ety ac­tivists who say they vi­o­late fun­da­men­tal rights. “The pro­posed law makes it manda­tory to seek per­mis­sion of the po­lice if 100 or more peo­ple are com­ing to­gether. Does it mean peo­ple would need per­mis­sion for a mar­riage cer­e­mony,” asked Op­po­si­tion leader in Assem­bly Rad­hakr­ishna Vikhe-Patil.

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