UAPA amendments


India undoubtedly needs tough laws to combat terrorism, but the proposed amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act may be misused by leaders to settle political scores. A wrongful designation of an individual as a terrorist will cause irreparable damage to his/her reputation and career. The amendments also give more power to the Centre, encroaching on the authority of States. The law can become one more weapon in the hands of a regime hell-bent on delegitimising dissent. The government needs to be mindful of fundamental rights of citizens while legislating against terror (“UAPA Bill gets Rajya Sabha nod,” August 3).

T.S.N. Rao,

Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh

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