India to stop filing cases under an abolished IT law against free speech

July 15, 2021 Off By OUHBsujLSQ

In 2015, India’s Supreme Court struck down a controversial IT law that stifled freedom of speech. It had said at that time that section 66A of the IT Act was “vague in its entirety,” as it punished anyone storing information that could be false or “grossly offensive or has a menacing character.”  However, a petition filed by People’s Union for Civil Liberties, a non-profit, revealed that six years after the judgment, police stations across the country had filed more than 1,500 cases under this scrapped act. Given the act’s nature, it’s easy to incriminate anyone by accusing them of storing false…

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