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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > India’s Supreme Court Cancelled Online Censorship Law

India’s Supreme Court Cancelled Online Censorship Law

India’s Supreme Court Cancelled Online Censorship Law

Added: Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The Supreme Court has finally truck down controversial legislation, under which those who posted “offensive” comments on social media could be jailed. The move followed a 2-year campaign by free speech activists. The court decided that an amendment to India’s Information Technology Act was unconstitutional and called it a restriction on freedom of speech.


The legislation in question, which received presidential assent 6 years ago, declared posting offensive comments punishable by up to 3 years of prison time. According to campaigners, police repeatedly misused this amendment. For example, a few weeks ago a teenager was arrested for a Facebook post allegedly “carrying derogatory language against a community” wrongly attributed to a powerful local politician.

This was not the only case, as you can understand. For instance, a university professor was jailed for posting a cartoon about the minister of the state, 2 young women were arrested for criticizing the shutdown of Mumbai after the death of a local hardline politician, one of them being arrested for a simple “like”. Although a court later quashed those charges, they sparked fierce debate about Internet censorship in the country.

Now Indian politicians welcomed the recent court ruling, though some believe that the law in question should remain to prevent “misuse” of the worldwide web. The communications and law minister of India announced that the government had earlier believed that firm guidelines were required to ensure the legislation didn’t contradict with freedom of expression as guaranteed by the constitution. As for government lawyers, they had to admit that the legislation had been misused, but pointed out that they needed some means to regulate offensive content posted online.

Mar 26th, 2015

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Date:  Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Comments (14) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-03-27 11:34:49)
No avatarthey are just trying follow UN orders!

posted by (2015-03-27 13:58:22)
No avatarIt's a good move.

posted by Kitty (2015-03-27 16:48:12)
Crash1 avatarWonder what happens to those who were already convicted under those laws?
Do they get their convictions expunged? Are there any OTHER legal ramifications?

posted by (2015-03-28 05:01:36)
TrueHD avatar@peterma, We are following our own constitution not the UN orders!!

posted by Trusted UploaderET junkieET lover (2015-03-28 14:20:06)
Maverick avatar@peterma: nice joke as UN is

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2015-03-28 14:30:03)
analogkid6103 avatarI would have had multiple life terms if I had been living there!

posted by (2015-03-28 15:50:25)
TrueHD avatar@analogkid6103, Thank god you don't live here. And at least we don't spy on our own people.
This is a true example of a true democracy that our Court demolished the law.

posted by (2015-03-28 23:29:29)
lahore_pak avatarIndia has no laws. They allow raping of women and only act like they care when rape story gets out to rest of world.

posted by Kitty (2015-03-29 03:42:57)
Crash1 avatarInteresting comment about not caring, seeing as it's coming from a pakistani, the country that was harboring Bin Laden for FIVE YEARS, in a fortified compound less than a MILE from their military academy, AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE A FU@#ING CLUE? (NO, according to their government, although this is highly questionable).

posted by (2015-03-29 05:05:08)
TrueHD avatar@la-whore_pak, In Pakistan hundreds of men killing a pregnant women outside a cout.. "zaki ur rehman lakhvi" become father when he's in jail for near 1 and half year. Does your police and court allow to allow a terrorist to leave jail and sex with his wife? So don't teach us about law! We are the largest democracy in this world.

posted by Trusted UploaderET junkieET lover (2015-03-29 15:24:19)
Maverick avatar@lahore_pak: how did u say that rapist story...................oh wait yes we rape u three times.......damn how i forget that.......LOL no offence

posted by (2015-03-30 16:31:51)
No avatarLOL

posted by (2015-04-01 07:57:37)
mrsalmanaziz avatar#5: country harboring laden, cant you see where laden was living? that city /area is highly influenced by Military, it was USA who wanted laden to be there to provide support for Obama,it was joint military operation by pak and USA, to make USA public fool!
there is a law called CONJUGAL RIGHTS, so research a bit in it,

yar ye city name a aagy whore lagany se koi whore ne hoga, bachon wali baat mat kia kero, and no offence,

posted by (2015-04-03 08:01:29)
jyotiprakash89 avatardont start india-pakistan war here...we all know what both countries have n do. no need to fight here.

I dont think people of a country make it good or bad...the so called politics plays all those.

Respect each other...Even people of Pakistan r also suffering of their Govt..

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