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