Pretty soon everyone in media will start a crime section that would be dedicated only for social media and especially Facebook since it is India. The largest social network in the country has become a centre of attraction for all the wrong reasons and the increasing number of arrests for Facebook posts have made matters worse for citizens as well as for the Government officials of India.
According to Times Of India, Pune, a fresh case has been registered over a person who had allegedly posted casteist remarks on the social networking site Facebook. The Wanowrie police have registered a case against under the controversial 66-A of the Information Technology Act and section 505-2 of the Indian Penal Code in this matter. However, the police are yet to trace the man who has posted the content and there are no details on the content that has instigated the matter.
In another news reported by NDTV, senior officials from The Cyber Regulation Advisory Committee will be meeting to discuss the controversial act 66-A as it is too draconian in the social media age. The meeting that is going to happen today in Delhi will focus on what words could be defined as grossly offensive and should controversial posts be examined by senior officials before the police registered an FIR.
It is a good news at least for the citizens of India since the rampant misuse of 66-A has been growing. The law which is under the Indian IT Act, 2000 is applied on someone when she makes a grossly offensive remark, or causes annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, hatred, enmity, ill will, etc. via a communication or computer device.
The law has been debated from the time Aseem Trivedi was arrested on charges of sedition, Kolkata university professor arrested for forwarding a cartoon spoof on the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee and businessman from Puducherry arrested for a tweet that he made against Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s son, Karti. However, the latest protests against the law have shown stronger voice of protest by common man once again after the Palghar cases of two girls being arrested and yesterday a teenage boy being detained for Facebook remarks against political figures.
We hope that the changes to Section 66-A occur sooner so that opportunists stop playing with it.
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