Arvind Kejriwal and legal reforms

May 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

One of the reasons offered for Arvind Kejriwal’s refusal to pay the bail bond was that he was taking a stand against the bail practice arguing that it is unfair to the poor. To me, this argument is equivalent to arguing that a fiat-based monetary system is unfair to the poor, because the rich have better access to the banknotes.

I understand AAP’s general tendency to be anti-establishment or anti-normative. There is also the argument to be made about the theatrics and victimisation posing of the party. But they have to be more constructive in their response. Bail bond is inaccessible to the poor, it also helps significant population avoid jail-time in cases where they are facing unlawful criminal indictment.

On the other hand, a more constructive legal reform would be to decriminalise slander and defamation. It significantly impact freedom of expression (it constituted 15% of freedom of speech issues in Q1 2014) and simply aren’t criminal activities, but rather dispute between two individuals or entities.

 

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