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Section 295: A Necessary Evil

Debjani Panda, National Law University, Odisha


Section 295 has been a subject of debates and discussions over the years. There has been argument for the repeal of this law with the rise in the incidents of violence over the years. With the restriction that the section has established over Freedom of Speech and Expression, it has gained more significance in the recent years. However, it cannot be denied that the law exists because it is a need in this country. Right from the very beginning, religious intolerance has led to several disasters in the nation. Faith is not something to be taken lightly. A fundamental right is not absolute. It cannot be misused to violate someone’s beliefs. Therefore, though there is a lack of clarity, Section 295 cannot be discarded.


Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


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