Free Speech, Internet and Indian Supreme Court April 1, 2015Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH.
Supreme Court of India in a recent verdict scrapped a clause of the IT law that it thinks contradicts the constitution
The law states in section 66A:
Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,—
(a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or
(b) any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will, persistently by making use of such computer resource or a communication device,
(c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages,
shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.
The law virtually allows the law-enforcing authorities to arrest anybody on any offence at any time.
The verdict upholds free speech and acclaimed by different section of people including social media enthusiasts. Before this many arrests were made for comments on the face book,blogs and websites. The teenage students also couldn’t escape the arrests.
Bangladesh also has its IT law. But little public discussion was made on the issue.
An ordinary citizen