The need for reform of defamation laws
Such laws in most countries are liable to misuse, but India's are worse than most, having a chilling effect on free speech
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) member of Parliament Tathagata Satpathy is about to propose a new Bill to reform the laws on defamation. Currently, the law favours protecting the right to reputation over the right to free speech and a new law may actually be the best way to fix the situation. Defamation laws in most countries are liable to misuse, but India’s are worse than most. Not only are they obscure, they take the added step of making defamation a criminal offence. This is only made worse by the fact that the current legal system is sufficiently broken to allow people with money to use defamation to intimidate critics.