Arrests under sedition charges rise but conviction falls to 3%

NEW DELHI: Arrest of Disha Ravi, a 21-year-old green activist from Bengaluru, by Delhi Police on Saturday brings into focus a spike in state and central governments using sedition charges to deal with dissent or criticism even as not even 4% of the accused are convicted. Between 2016 and 2019, the number of cases filed […]

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India’s 27.37 per cent prison inmates ‘illiterate’, over 5,600 techies: Govt data

NEW DELHI: As many as 1,32,729 (27.37 per cent) of the 4,78,600 prison inmates in the country are “illiterate” while 5,677 hold a technical degree or diploma, according to Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) data. The prison statistics presented by Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy recently in Parliament were based […]

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