Goondas Act

Act of suppression

Print edition : August 18, 2017

M. Valarmathi (right) and Jayanthi who were arrested by the Salem City Police on July 12 for distributing pamphlets with objectionable slogans. Photo: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

A protest in front of the Collectorate in Salem condemning the detention of M. Valarmathi under the Goondas Act, on July 22. Photo: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami. He justified Valarmathi's detention on the floor of the Assembly. Photo: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Divya Bharati, documentary film-maker, who was arrested in a case registered against her in 2009.

In Tamil Nadu, preventive detention laws have become a convenient tool in the hands of the State government, which sees dissent as a threat.

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