India's Supreme Court criticises police for arresting activists

India's Supreme Court criticises police for arresting activists

August 30, 2018

Activists' arrest over alleged caste incitement also draws condemnation from rights groups and opposition parties.

India's Supreme Court has asked the Indian government to explain the arrests of five prominent activists in connection with caste violence that took place earlier this year.

The high-profile arrests triggered outrage and protests across India on Wednesday.

"Dissent is the safety valve of democracy. If you don’t allow the safety valve, the pressure cooker will burst," Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud, who is among the three judges hearing the case at the Supreme Court, observed.

The arrested human rights activists received a reprieve from the top court, which directed that they be held under house arrest instead of police custody.

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