The Supreme Court Struck Down Section 66A of the IT Act in 2015, Why Are Cops Still Using It to Make Arrests?
The law that could land you in jail for a Whatsapp forward has gone. Now someone needs to tell the police.
I'm sure someone out there won't like this article, or will ﬁnd it annoying, but it doesn't give them the right to have me arrested. I have a right to voice my opinion, and that is why I challenged Section 66A. People have the right to speak up, without fear.
This week India's Supreme Court redefined the boundaries of freedom of speech on the internet. Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, has been struck down in entirety and is no longer good law. Through a structured, well-reasoned and heartening judgment, the court talks us through the nuances of free speech and valid restrictions. Some infirmities persist, but today we celebrate.
Today in eloquent, mellifluous words, the Indian Supreme Court has given India what it deserves -- a chance to experience free and open Internet and protection against censorship. The court said that Section 66A of the IT Act was not compatible with the morality of freedom, with our constitutional law, or with the human rights of every Indian.