Center to constitute a committee to revisit ‘Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act’
The central government is set to constitute a twelve-member inter-ministerial committee to revisit the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act and the acts and orders related to the aforementioned act.
According to the report, Additional Secretary B R Sharma will be the head of the committee formed by the government.
It has been reported that the first meeting of the aforesaid committee is likely to take place on January 19.
The ministries, which are going to send their representatives to the meeting, are the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Law, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Apart from these ministries, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities will also send representatives to the meeting.
The move has come in the wake of a Supreme Court judgment which observed that the authorities cannot force people to carry patriotism on their sleeves.
Is it good for the well-being of democracy to encourage a government which tries to dictate its citizens how they should show their patriotism?
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