Police Act Amendment ordinance: Chidambaram expresses shock over Kerala law seeking to punish offensive posts on social media

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Under the latest ordinance, posting, publishing or circulating defamatory content on social media can lead to jail upto five years and fine up to Rs 10,000.

 

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday expressed shock over the signing of the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance.

This comes after Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan signed the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance on Saturday to curb growing attacks on social media against women and children.

"Shocked by the law made by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government of Kerala making a so-called 'offensive' post on social media punishable by 5 years in prison," Chidambaram tweeted.

Under the latest ordinance, posting, publishing or circulating defamatory content on social media can lead to jail upto five years and fine up to Rs 10,000.

The government had decided to give more teeth to the Police Act by recommending the addition of Section 118-A.  According to the latest ordinance, a police officer can suo motu register a case against the accused and arrest him.

Earlier, the Congress-led opposition has been opposing the ordinance saying it was a move aimed at muzzling media which exposed many alleged omissions and commissions recently. 

Opposition parties earlier urged the Governor not to give his assent to the ordinance.
 

With inputs from Agency

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