Know Laws To Protect You From Online Harassment
- JWB Post
- March 25, 2015
Section 66-A is dead and this means people can now enjoy a freedom of speech online. But have a look at these laws, also meant for online media, that can come handy to us:
- Sec 507 – punished CI by anonymous communication: whether name/address of sender concealed. Example: threatening FB post or email with fictions email id, posting offensive contents on fb/blog/twitter under a fake name.
- Sec 506 – Criminal Intimidation
It includes threats to injure a person/property/reputation. Example: via social media posts alleging a woman has ‘loose morals’
- Sec 500 – Defamation
When someone harms another’s reputation by lowering his moral, character with regard to caste, causing it to believe his body is in a loathsome state. Example: calling someone with an offensive name.
- Sec 509 – Insulting Modesty
It punishes insulting modesty of woman or intruding upon privacy with max 1 yr jail and/or fine.
- Sec 124A – Sedition
Applies if one writes online or draws and posts pictures that may bring hatred/contempt/disaffection towards govt. of India.
- Sections 153 and 153A – allow registration of a case against a person giving a statement, written or oral, that incites riots or provokes communal tension and enmity between communities. It’s punishable with imprisonment from 6 months to one year with fine. Section 505 punishes those who spread rumours to cause public disorder with imprisonment up to 3 years.
So next time someone sends you hatred speech or tags you in some nuisance picture online, you know what to do.