From the Foreword: "The State's most visible strategy in addressing the COVID-19 [coronavirus diease 2019] crisis has been the implementation of stringent lockdowns in a quasi-federal manner. Union government notifications under disaster and disease control legislations overnight restricted movement and large aspects of public life. States framed their own regulations under the acts and individual magistrates invoked powers under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), 1973 to pass extensive orders on permissible movement and activities. These regulations and orders were often vague, overbroad and disproportionate, criminalising essential aspects of living through a pandemic, sharing information and expressing criticism. As a criminal justice research and litigation intervention representing members of Denotified Tribal and other Adivasi communities, we understood that both the police's and the lockdown-related surveillance's colonial histories and wide discretionary powers may affect marginalised communities more severely."
Aditi Pradhan; Ameya Bokil; Nikita Sonavane; Saumya Srivastava; Srujana Bej. Posted here with permission. Document is under a Creative Commons license and requires proper attribution and noncommercial use to be shared: [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/]
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