Lakshadweep Legislative Reforms

Lakshadweep Islands are one of the remotest areas of India. They have almost always enjoyed their time away from limelight unlike their eastern cousins, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which have been a tourism hotspot. However, recently, the administration decided to bring about certain legislative reforms on the islands and since then Lakshadweep is the epicentre of some major disputes.

Tue Jul 19 2022 | National & Social | Comments (0)


In this article, we dissect the following regulations introduced by the Lakshadweep Administration and analyse the legal issues surrounding them:

Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation, 2021

The Lakshadweep Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation, 2021, also known as the “Goonda Act”, provides many powers to the Administrator of Lakshadweep. Some of the powers include:

Legal Issues

State’s Power to Arrest and Detain and its Constitutional Validity

Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulation, 2021

The Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulation, 2021, is aimed at restricting and banning the slaughtering of certain animals including bulls, bullocks, cows, calves, male and female buffaloes and buffalo-calves.

Legal Issues

Opinion of the Supreme Court on Cow and Cattle Slaughter

Lakshadweep Town and Country Planning Regulation, 2021

The Lakshadweep Town and Country Planning Regulation, 2021, provides for the formation of Lakshadweep Planning and Development Authority and gives widespread land eviction and confiscation powers to the Lakshadweep Administration.

Legal Issues

Struggle between Power and People

The new laws introduced in Lakshadweep touch upon many delicate aspects of the individual and society – religion, lifestyle and culture. Therefore, any legislation that is made for the archipelago must keep in mind its demographic and ecological welfare. However, in a sudden democratic turmoil, the people of Lakshadweep find themselves right in the middle of complex and unresolved battles between the rights related to property and personal liberty, and the power of the State to exercise “reasonable restrictions” on them.

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