There are two important sections in the above Information Technology Act of 2000. One of them says “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 offense under the act.”
Minority Report – Tom Cruise
For those not in the know – there has been a Tom Cruise movie about this called Minority Report where they arrest people before the crime has been committed– I wonder if the makers of the law based it on the movie – . That would impress me – “as you are known by the company you keep” and to extend this adage “by the movies that you see”. If our law making bureaucrats are seeing this sort of science fiction movie – then I think our country has a great future – however I wish they would not rush to see what they have seen in a movie into a law !!! I am of course kidding, who knows what the law making process is in this country anyways.
Arrest and Throw The Mango People Into Jail
Do I offend you in any way ?? Did I write you an email calling you names ? Did I oppose you on some internet forum – Did you know you can get me arrested !! – This is from Section 66A. Of course to be precise to implement the arrest the complainant has to be a senior MP / leader of a party etc. (apologies to the MLA’s and the newly minted MP – you guys are not powerful yet). And if you are the Aam Aadmi – forget it – this law was written to put you in Jail and not for your protection. Next time there is a corruption scandal – don’t picket – your name might just be added to the list. Not the “Do Not Call” list , but the “Potential Arrestee” list. It is amazing how parties are rushing to call themselves pro the Aam Admi – and then precisely creating laws that curb the freedom of Aam Admi. Maybe the only hope for the Aam Admi is top have some mangoes and spend the summers in a sugar high and not worry about other things :-).
Palghar – Facebook – Shiv Sena
Back to being serious – this section 66A was used by the Shiv Sainiks in Palghar to get two girls imprisoned who complained on Facebook as to the nuisance created during the cremation of their leader. Seems like a legitimate complaint to me – but that is not the point – even if the complaint on Facebook was not legitimate , there should have been no consequences. This is a clear example of how the powerful in our country can do anything – this is almost like an organized mafia with police protection. Imagine the plight of the girls – they were wrongfully arrested and harassed. Nothing came of the police officers or the goons that perpetrated the arrest – this is the country we live in !
The two important sections of the Internet Censorship Act are clarified in this article.
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