Kerala Governor Signs Controversial Ordinance To Modify Police Act
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan signed the regulation on Saturday (File)
Kerala Guv Arif Mohammed Khan on Saturday has actually signed into law an ordinance gone by the ruling LDF to modify the southern state’s Cops Act to penalize those condemned of spreading social media content that is stated to be negative or defamatory.
Under the amended areas of the law, the accused may deal with five years in prison, a fine of Rs 10,000 or both. Federal government sources say the regulation safeguards women and kids amidst an increase in cyber bullying and hate speech, pointing out that such attacks can be a threat to physical and psychological safety of the targeted person( s).
The changed law permits authorities to take suo moto action in such cases.
Nevertheless, the opposition has revealed concern over a modification they say provides authorities a needlessly excellent offer more power and potentially reduces the flexibility of journalism, along with permitting the state to target critics.
Congress leader P Chidambaram tweeted today that he was “surprised” by the brand-new law.
” Shocked by the law made by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government of Kerala making a so-called ‘offensive’ post on social networks punishable by 5 years in prison,” he said.
Shocked by the law made by the LDF government of Kerala making a so-called ‘offensive’ post on social media punishable by 5 years in prison
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) November 22, 2020
Back in October, when the LDF government suggested the addition of this arrangement to the Kerala Cops Act (2011), its ally, the Communist Celebration of India (CPI) expressed similar concerns.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had previously stated the variety of cyber attacks was “very worrying”.
” Cyber attacks are a risk to personal privacy of life. It has actually been decided to change the Police Act since the existing laws are discovered to be insufficient to deal with the issue. The state cabinet has decided to suggest the Governor issue a change to the Act as an ordinance,” he composed on Facebook.
According to news firm PTI, the state government likewise mentioned that while the Supreme Court had rescinded specific other areas – of the Cops and IT Act – the centre had actually not introduced any other legal framework, and this was affecting the authorities’s capability to deal with crimes devoted on or via social networks.
With input from PTI
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