State should exercise restraint while dealing with peaceful protests over basic necessities, Madras HC

Meera Emmanuel August 28 2019

In an order passed last week, the Madras High Court highlighted that State authorities must exercise restraint in acting against peaceful public protestors, particularly when the protest is triggered by demands for basic necessities or fundamental rights.

JusticeĀ Anand Venkatesh made pertinent observations to this effect while allowing a plea to quash a criminal case filed on charges of unlawful assembly against thirty-two persons. These persons were accused of being part of a public protest over a shortage of drinking water. The Madras High Court emphasised . . .

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