Highlighting Two Important Sections From the Internet Censorship Act created by the Indian Parliament in June 2000.

Section 66A

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 which provides for punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc., reads as under-

‘’ 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; or

(c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of the causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such message, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.

Explanation-

For the purposes of this section, terms “electronic mail” and “electronic mail message” means a message or information created or transmitted or received on a computer, computer system, computer resource or communication device including attachments in text, image, audio, video and any other electronic record, which may be transmitted with the message. “

Section 80

Section 80 of the Act empowers any police officer not below the rank of  ‘Inspector’ (before amendment of the Act in 2008 it was Deputy Superintendent of Police) or any other officer of the Central Government or a State Government authorized by the Central government in this behalf may enter any public place and search and arrest without any warrant any person found therein who is reasonably suspected or having committed or of committing or of being about to commit any offence under the act.

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