Top 5 IPC sections, which can still send you to jail for online posts
The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday which dissolved section 66A of the IT Act, 2000– saying, It’s unconstitutional and gives too much power to the law enforcing authorities.
Do you now think, you can post anything you want, about anyone? The answer to that would be simple, ‘NO’.
There are other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which were charged with section 66A. They are—
- Section 499— Whoever by –words, spoken or intended to be read, or signs, or visible representation- makes or publishes any imputation concerning any person intending to harm (or knowing, or having reason to believe, that such imputation will harm) the reputation of such person, is said to defame that person.
- Section 500– Whoever, defames another shall be punishable with simple Imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine or with both.
- Section 501– Whoever prints or engraves any matter, knowing or having good reasons to believe that such matter is defamatory of any person, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine, or with both.
- Section 153A— Whoever— by words, either spoken or written, or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise, promotes or attempts to promote, on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, caste or community or any other ground whatsoever, disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities.
- Section 153B– Whoever, by words either spoken or written or by signs or by visible representations or otherwise,—makes or publishes any imputation that any class of persons cannot, by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community, bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India as by law established or uphold the sovereignty and integrity of India, orasserts, counsels, advises, propagates or publishes that any class of persons shall, by reason of their being members of any religious, racial, language or regional group or caste or community, be denied or deprived of their rights as citizens of India.
In the end, we should remember one thing–With great power, there is great responsibility.
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