Police said the document aimed to spread disaffection against the Indian state in a tweet that tagged the prime minister's office. ; She joined at least seven others hit with similar charges since the farmer protests began almost three months ago, including a former foreign minister, journalists, authors and academics, part of a growing number of sedition cases under Modi, according to The Japan Times. The total number of cases has risen from 43 when he first took office in 2014 to more than 100 each of the past two years, according to research group Article14. Delhi police this month arrested Disha Ravi, a 22-year-old environmental campaigner, at her home in the southern city of Bangalore for editing and sharing a toolkit tweeted by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in support of the farmers. Since multiple individuals can be charged in one case, it said, the number of people affected stretches into the thousands. The maximum penalty can be a life term in prison. A relic of the British colonial government once used against Mahatma Gandhi, India's 19th-century sedition statute gives police broad powers to make arrests ahead of filing formal charges if an act or speech by an individual is regarded to be disloyal to or threatening to the state. (news.financializer.com).
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