Q. 13.7( 6 Votes )

State one reason why do you think the Sedition Act of 1870 was arbitrary? In what ways does the Sedition Act of 1870 contradict the rule of law?

Answer :

The Sedition act of 1870, stated that any person protesting or criticizing the British Government would be arrested without trial.

The people were not allowed to express themselves, they were not allowed to form groups and discuss, the press was not allowed to write against the government’s decision. Hence the Sedition Act was arbitrary.

The Rule of Law states that any rule must be applicable to everyone, however as per the Sedition Act of 1870, only the Indians would be arrested without the trial while it was not applicable to the Britishers. Hence the Act contradicted the Rule of Law.

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