Letter to the Editor
Stop silencing people
It is welcome to note that the Supreme Court of India has warned the government authorities to stop silencing people who are raising grievances on the internet. The Court has been clear that any attempt to clamp down on the free flow of information on social media, including calling for help from people, would be treated as contempt of court.
The Centre, States, and Police do not take any action against anyone who is posting messages on social media about issues like shortage of oxygen, beds, or doctors. The Court’s direction came after some states are attempting to harass people.
The need of the hour is that State governments should build grievance redressal mechanisms for COVID-related complaints and facilitate people to fulfill their emergency medical needs. This can be the right way to deal with this global pandemic.
Amit Singh Kushwaha, Satna (MP)