Up to date: November 21, 2020 12:53:16 pm
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has signed the Kerala Police Act Modification ordinance, envisaged by the Left authorities within the state to stop cyber assaults towards girls and kids which the opposition had alleged would curtail freedom of expression.
A Raj Bhavan supply confirmed that the Governor, who had come again to the official residence lately after recovering from the COVID-19, signed the ordinance which had triggered widespread row within the southern state.
The opposition events had alleged that the modification would give extra energy to the police and likewise curtail the liberty of the press, the cost which was rejected by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan saying the choice had been taken primarily based on components reminiscent of abuse of social media to tarnish the picture of people.
The state cupboard, final month, had determined to provide extra tooth to the Police Act by recommending addition of Part 118-A.
It stipulates both imprisonment for as much as 5 years or a nice of as much as Rs 10,000 or each to those that produce, publish or disseminate content material by way of any technique of communication with an intention to intimidate, insult or defame any particular person by way of social media.
Expressing concern over the rising crime graph, pretend propaganda and hate speech on social media for the reason that outbreak of COVID-19, the LDF authorities had stated since cyber assaults are a serious menace to non-public life, it has been determined to amend the Police Act as the prevailing authorized provisions had been insufficient to battle such crimes.
It stated whereas the Supreme Court docket had repealed part 66-A of the IT Act and Part 118 (d) of the Kerala Police Act on the grounds that these had been towards freedom of expression, the Centre has not launched some other authorized framework.
“On this situation, the police are unable to deal successfully with crimes dedicated by way of social media,” the federal government had stated.
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