Every right should be under reasonable restrictions

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Dear Editor,
The media must realise that the freedom of speech and expression is not supreme. Every fundamental right comes under the purview of “reasonable restrictions”. The offence of defamation cannot be abrogated from the statute books altogether. The court is right in upholding the fundamental right of reputation which is an obvious requirement for one to lead a life of dignity. However, the criminal component could have been toned down and imprisonment removed from Section 500 of the IPC, with liability restricted to civil damages or paying a fine.
Sugam Sharma
Katra, Jammu

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