Defamation Laws In India
By Team Legistify / 2017-08-03
There is always a delicate balance between one person's right to freedom of speech and another's right to protect their good name. It is often difficult to know which personal remarks are proper and which run afoul of defamation law.

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Defamation is oral or written statement that hurts someone’s reputation. “For a Man of honour Defamation is worse than death”. It is considered as Great Evil. Reputation is an integral and important part of the dignity of the individual and Right to reputation is an inherent right guaranteed by Article 21 and it is also called as natural rights. While Rights of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a) of Constitution of India is not absolute and has imposed reasonable restrictions for exercising rights in the interest of the security of state, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency, morality, contempt of court, defamation. Only Defamation Laws protect individual’s private interest and reputation.

Types of Defamation

  • Libel
  • Slander

Defamation is an area of law that provides a civil remedy when someone's words end up causing harm to your reputation or your livelihood.

Libel is a written or published defamatory statement, while Slander is defamation that is spoken by the defendant.

There is always a delicate balance between one person's right to freedom of speech and another's right to protect their good name. It is often difficult to know which personal remarks are proper and which run afoul of defamation law.

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