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CIVIL LIBERTIES-Public Discussion and Contempt of Court

the returning officers? Because these people know that there would be reprisals, cruel and brutal. "We have to live in the same village with them" is the answer they give to questions from an outraged outsider Where people are told that their votes have already been cast but insist on casting tender votes, the presiding officer generally refuses their request because the polling of a large number of tender votes would draw attention to the large-scale bogus voting in his booth. At one village, Babura, I asked harijans what prevented them from pretending to support the dominant caste candidate and then, taking advantage of the secret ballot, voting according to their own free choice? The answer was that the secret ballot itself was a myth. The agents of the dominant caste candidates entered the booth and made secret voting impossible. Later I noticed that some of the booths were so small and cramped that it was virtually impossible to ensure secret voting, especially when the presiding officer is himself in collusion with the dominant caste.

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