A new database showed that around 96% of sedition cases had been filed against 405 Indians for criticising BJP after the BJP government first came to power in 2014.
The new database launched by Article 14, 149 people were accused of making “critical” remarks against PM Narendra Modi, and 144 against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath.
Article 14 tracked sedition cases filed between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2020.
According to Article 14, 65% of nearly 11,000 individuals in 816 sedition cases since 2010 were implicated after 2014 when Modi took office. Among those charged with sedition: opposition politicians, students, journalists, authors and academics.
“28% increase in the number of sedition cases filed each year between 2014 and 2020, article 14 reported.
Database showed six sedition cases were filed during the ongoing farmers’ protest, 22 after the Hathras gangrape, 25 against the Citizenship Amendment Act protest in 2019 and 27 after the Pulwama terror attack, in 14 Feb 2018.
The database showed 27 cases were filed against 44 individuals—from allegedly raising “Pro-Pakistan” slogans to posting “anti-national” messages on social media: 26 of these 27 cases were filed in BJP government states.
The database showed around 115 sedition cases were registered, since Yogi Adityanath became the chief minister. More than half of these were around issues of “nationalism”: against those who protested the CAA, for shouting “Hindustan Murdabad”, allegedly celebrating Pulwama attack and India’s loss in 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.”
Moreover Article 14, Datebase found Bihar, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu accounted for nearly 65% of all sedition cases registered in the last ten years.