After the Kerala Governor gave his assent to the controversial ordinance amending the Kerala Police Act, 2011 to introduce Section 118A, four politicians, an activist, a law student, and a lawyer have moved the Kerala High Court for quashing the provision.
The provision, ostensibly aimed at encouraging courteous speech online and over various media, has been at the receiving end of criticism for the vagueness of its provisions, and its eerie similarity to Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
This new provision makes any expression, publication or dissemination of threatening, abusive, defamatory or humiliating content made through any mode of communication punishable if the person does it knowing it to be false and damaging to reputation or mind of another person. A person, if convicted for the offence, can be punished with imprisonment of upto 3 years or fine of Rs. 10,000 or both
This is how the provision reads:
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