Sedition Cases Highest In Assam: NCRB

Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code lays down the punishment for Sedition

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The latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB) shows that as many as 48 cases of offenses were registered in Assam in 2017 out of 160 cases.

The NCRB report regarding crime statistics for the year 2017 revealed that maximum sedition cases were registered in Assam(19), followed by Haryana (13), Himachal Pradesh (5), Odisha(3) and Tamil Nadu(3).

As for offense dealing with waging war against the state registered under Section 121-123 of IPC, a maximum of 29 cases were registered in Assam, followed by 27 in Meghalaya, 15 in Karnataka, 10 in J&K and 7 in Nagaland.

Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code lays down the punishment for Sedition. It states- Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards, the Government established by law in India, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, to which fine may be added, or with imprisonment which may extend to three years, to which fine may be added, or with fine.

The present edition is an outcome of a series of steps taken by the NCRB to meet the emerging data requirements.