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A polluting element

kolkata Updated: Apr 25, 2011 15:51 IST
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CPI(M) leader Anil Basu’s comment, to me, is as obnoxious as the poisonous emission from factories, which do not comply with environmental norms. While toxic emission of industries create environmental pollution, filthy utterances such as Anil Basu’s create social pollution and it has to be controlled through introducing specific legal arrangement. Only the legal provision on defamation is not enough to tackle such threats of social pollution.

How can he make such comment? It not only defamed a particular political personality but also insulted the sex workers, who incidentally have to go through a harrowing experience daily to earn their and their children’s bread and butter. But while the society’s duty is to rescue them and to provide them a healthy condition to live, Basu’s comment, which crossed all limits of decency, on the contrary would only offer them nothing but stigma.

As a citizen, I feel that such utterances are condemnable and thus need be to be tried by the law of land. There should not be any exception. Otherwise, our long-established democratic system will be jeopardised. The matter is not confined to a leadership of a particular political party; rather it has gone beyond their purview since the comment itself has created an offence. The administration should intervene immediately. There are some sections under Indian Penal Code (IPC) to prevent such unwanted practice of unpleasant words and utterance.

The fundamental right to speak should not be misused to malign any person.

Biswajit Mukherjee is chief law officer of WBPCB and state environment department