Essay on Speech: Human Rights Violations in India

754 Words May 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Speech: Human Rights Violations in India
One third of the world’s child brides originate from India; whose journalists are continuously shut down for revealing their political opinions. India’s culture has been having arranged underage marriage for many centuries, “Child marriage, which has existed for centuries, is a complex issue, rooted deeply in gender inequality, tradition and poverty” according to an article published by UNICEF. In an article published by the Library of Congress Jeanine Cali writes, during the 19th century, Britain placed a sedition law in its colonies of India; today, that law is being used to deny Indian citizens their freedom of speech and opinion. In India, underage and forced marriage and the freedom of
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According to the UDHR, “Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses” this universal right is being violated by the children’s own families and indirectly by the Indian government. Article 19 of the UDHR is currently being violated in India. These accusations originate from many journalists writing their opinions on political topics and being abused by the Indian government. “Section 124A of India’s Penal Code prohibits any words either spoken or written, or any signs or visible representation that can cause “hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection,” toward the government” (India: Folk Singer Jailed for Sedition). The Indian Penal Code was established by England in colonial times to keep from the natives rising against them. This law continues to held by the greatly democratic country of India which is withholding artists from expressing their viewpoints. By doing so, people cannot express their opinion about the government which is violating universal rights, especially Article 19. One author, named Jagendra Singh, who had currently posted controversial political topics on social media, had his home raided by policemen. Uttar Pradesh wrote an article on a freelance writer in India states, this raid led to the Singh experiencing severe burn injuries from which he later died. By expressing his freedom of opinion, a freelance

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