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Section 66A of IT Act Mahesh Murthy, Principal/Founder at Passionfund captured the absurdity of Section 66A in a column in Hindustan Times. It “can jail you for three years if you post, and I quote, “information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character”. And the person who defines this offensiveness or menacing character? Not a judge or a magistrate, but anybody who feels so. A girl happens to mention on Facebook that one shouldn't shut down cities when politicians die. A Shiv Sena pramukh takes objection — he calls and threatens her, sends goons to break down her uncle’s hospital, complains to the local police — and they arrest her while letting the goons off. This is basically what it’s about. Using 66A to intimidate into silence.”
Pranesh Prakash, a policy director at the Centre for Internet and Society suggests (in Mint) fixing the IT Act and its rules. The first step would be to form a committee with “adequate representation from senior lawyers, Internet policy organizations, government and industry... to review and suggest revisions to the IT Act,” he says.
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