- The Governor of Kerala on Saturday approved the Kerala Police Act Amendment Ordinance
- It is being told that its purpose is to prevent cyber attacks against women and children.
- Opposition is criticizing it as obstructing the freedom of press and expression.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Saturday approved the Kerala Police Act Amendment Ordinance of the CPM-led LDF government. It is being told that its purpose is to prevent cyber attacks against women and children, but the Opposition is strongly criticizing it as obstructing the freedom of press and expression.
Last month, the state cabinet decided to further strengthen the Police Act by recommending the inclusion of section 118-A. According to this amendment, whoever puts any material or intends to bully, humiliate or defame someone through social media or publish / broadcast it is imprisoned for five years or with a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or both. Punishment can happen.
Why the need arose … Government’s plea
In 2015, the Supreme Court quashed Section 66-A of the IT Act of Kerala and 118 (D) of the Kerala Police Act on the ground that they were against the freedom of expression. But the Kerala government says that during the Kovid-19 pandemic, hateful talk, rumors spread rapidly on social media as well as cybercrime has also increased.
According to the government, due to cybercrime, the privacy of citizens has become a big threat. Since the Kerala Police does not have the power to deal with such crimes, therefore, this ordinance had to be brought.
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