The ABC reports that India’s top court has struck down a controversial law that made posting “offensive” comments online punishable by jail, a rare victory for free speech campaigners in a country criticised for a series of recent bans.
The Supreme Court said the 2009 amendment to the Information Technology Act known as section 66A was an unconstitutional curb on freedom of speech.
The Supreme Court had been asked to examine the legality of the amendment, which makes sending information of “grossly offensive or menacing character” punishable by up to three years in jail.
Law student Shreya Singhal, who filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the amendment welcomed Tuesday’s ruling as a “big victory”.
“The internet is so far-reaching and so many people use it that it is very important for us to protect this right today, now,” she said. “Governments have their own political agenda. A law has to be for the people.”
Amy Adams should take note and reflect upon the fact that what she and her law Commission toadies are doing in NZ with National’s Harmful Digital Communications bill would not make the grade in India. Don’t let the uneducated socialist thugs of the Law Commission drag this country down Amy.