Shut up…

Thanks to the various laws in India, which are archaic… bloggers have to face the wrath of all and sundry. According to a Times of India report, a Supreme Court bench consisting of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam ruled that it could not quash criminal proceedings against Ajith D brought about by Shiv Sena activists who were not pleased by the comments about the party in an Orkut group that he launched. According to the Times of India:

Petitioner Ajith D had started a community on Orkut against Shiv Sena. In this community, there were several posts and discussions by anonymous persons who alleged that Shiv Sena was trying to divide the country on region and caste basis.

Read report here

The Telegraph however, framed the issue differently, calling Ajith’s Orkut community a “hate site”, on which death threats had been posted (read here).

4 thoughts on “Shut up…

  1. Thanks Vikas. Again, like the Barkha Dutt/Kunte case, bloggers are in a bind. The only solution is an overhaul of the law… which will not be achieved without a wider program of education and awareness. In the meantime, bloggers need to watch what they post…

  2. Absolutely right Kishore, we need a major overhaul of our laws.
    Some of our laws are effectively feudal in nature, which is not surprising considering the feudal influences at the times these were brought in.

    The laws pertaining to ‘hurt religious sentiments’ and most ironical in that it protects the guilty and punishes the innocent.
    In fact the biggest threat of terrorism today we face is from ‘hurt religious sentiments’

    We need a major awareness campaign / political campaign to change these laws.
    The demoralizing part is that the mainstream political parties do not have the courage to take this up for obvious reasons.

  3. @nalanz – Yes. Our laws are based on patronising attitudes towards citizens. As you rightly pointed, the political class will do nothing to change the laws. After all it suits them if the citizenry is fighting with each other.

    A long-term but sure solution is an overhaul of media education. Media literacy needs to be inculcated at an early age and this will include the sensitivity to be open to critique.

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