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The government issued a show cause notice to Lawyers Collective alleging violations of the FCRA. These laws can be used, and are being used, as a surrogate for curbing dissent, and that is what has happened in our case.
Having regard to the fact that the girl was only 7 years of age and having further regard to the fact that there may not have been any "sexual intercourse", which is a precondition for conviction for rape, the High Court probably converted the conviction to one under Section 354, the only available section at that point. In that case, the High Court did not wrong.
Is this film part of protest culture? Does it strengthen the rule of law, which in turn will end impunity for rape? Far from it. It violates the fundamentals of the Indian Constitution and of our laws.
We should get together and lobby for an international tribunal to entertain complaints of corporate crime. Not only are the corporations' multinational and can cause damage beyond national boundaries, but they indulge in double standards of safety for third world countries where labour is cheap and regulatory regimes weak.