Does a convict in a criminal case have the right to write a book? If the answer is no, then why? Here’s a story unfolding in Andhra Pradesh that needs a debate.
Sathuluri Chalapathi Rao, who is serving a life imprisonment in Visakhapatnam Central Prison, has a manuscript – titled For a crime-free society – narrating the events of his life ready but he won’t be allowed to get it published. The government’s argument is rather bland: he is not a political prisoner, hence he has no right to express himself in a book.