Indian police have been given the go ahead to press sedition charges against author and activist Arundhati Roy. Roy has given speeches in recent days in favor of Kashmiri separatism, the Times of India reports.
Roy, the Booker Prize winning author, had said "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. It is a historical fact. Even the Indian government has accepted this."
Some Indian politicians are demanding that Roy be arrested and tried. But the Economic Times says the case may not go forward.
It is not enough to accuse her of creating disaffection or feelings of enmity against the government. If they book a sedition case against writer Arundhati Roy , the police will have to prove that her speeches on Kashmir, according to the law laid down by the Supreme Court , were an incitement to public disorder or the use of violence.
Roy herself issued a statement from Kashmir condemning what she calls a "brutal military occupation."
Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds. Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice, while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists, and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free.
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