Free speech vs justice

Delicate balance

Print edition : April 03, 2015

The scene outside Alipore Jail in Kolkata on the day Dhananjay Chatterjee, convicted and sentenced to death for rape of a schoolgirl, was hanged in August 2004 after the President rejected his mercy plea. The film-maker M.S. Sathyu had recorded an interview with Dhananjay after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal in 1994, but he had to wait for 10 years, until after Dhananjay's mercy petition to the President was disposed of, to broadcast it. Sathyu claimed that the interview showed Dhananjay to be innocent of the crime he was accused of. Photo: SUSHANTA PATRONOBISH

The controversy over the telecast of “India’s Daughter” brings to the fore the need to balance free speech with legitimate restraints in the interest of justice.
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