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How far do you agree with the view that a law for criminal contempt is asynchronous with the freedom of speech guaranteed under Indian constitution. Evaluate.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3. How far do you agree with the view that a law for criminal contempt is asynchronous with the freedom of speech guaranteed under Indian constitution. Evaluate. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The Supreme Court has issued a timely warning to the States against any attempt to clamp down on the dissemination of information about the serious health crisis besetting the country, or calls for help through social media from citizens affected by COVID-19.

Key Demand of the question:

One is expected to analyse in what way law for criminal contempt is asynchronous with the freedom of speech guaranteed under Indian constitution.

Directive:

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences.  You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with present conditions in the country in relevance to the question.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Discuss the present nuances with respect to criminal contempt law and explain in what way freedom of speech guaranteed under our constitution is being compromised by it.

One must give examples amidst covid-19 cases and justify the answer.

Conclusion:

Suggest solutions to address the issue at hand.