The common use of internet has also given a new face to the crime and also a new medium to the bad elements to commit crime. Cyber defamation is a new concept but the traditional definition of the term is defamation of a person through a new and a potential medium. The term defamation is used to define the injury that incurred to the reputation of a person in the eyes of a third person. The so called injury can be done by verbally or written, or by signs or visible representations. The intention of the person, making the defamatory statement against whom, must be to lower the reputation of that person in the eyes of the general public.
Cyber law is the law that governs the crimes committed within the cyberspace. Cyberspace is a technical term used for the electronic medium of computer networks, in which online communication takes place. The crimes that are committed by using the computer fall within the definition of cyber crime. Cyber Defamation is also a cyber crime. Penalties for this crime vary from country to country. Stopping or addressing defamation can be difficult. If the person has no serious resentment, then a cease and discontinue letter may stop the behavior and get the statements removed from the Internet. On the other hand, if the person is acting out of meanness, it may be necessary to file a report with the police depending on local law. INDIAN PENAL CODE, 1860 contains provisions to deal with the menace of Cyber defamation in India.
By Ananthu Surendran in indiaopines blog