There has been an amendment to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act
The crucial elements of this ammendment are detailed in this report.
If a suspect is caught with "weapons," the law will presume the accused is guilty; in other words the burden of proof will be shifted from the state to the accused, thereby violating one of the most essential principles of civil liberty—"innocent until proven guilty."
In short the maxim of Indian jurisprudence has been re-written to read: "Guilty until proven innocent".
The time has come for the witch-hunt. Ethical journalists, human rights activists, honest people and bloggers will all be suspects. There are few option available under this new law. Either shut up and watch our nation turn into a Police State or end up in jail. It is tragic that this was the only solution our lawmakers could think of when threatened by a few hired thugs. One billion people will be subjected to this medieval law. I seriously wonder how this could happen in this day and age.
I see the Indian democracy dissolving into insignificance. I never thought I would say this but I am forced to say this: I now wonder what a civilized state like Kerala is doing in this union of medieval numskulls.