New Delhi: Delhi University student Shreya Singhal, who has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court challenging the Information Technology Act, has said that she filed the petition because she felt very strongly about the issue and felt outraged over the recent cases where arrests were made over Facebook posts.
Speaking to CNN-IBN, Shreya said that arresting someone on expressing their views was "gross violation of their freedom of speech and expression". Referring to the Palghar girls who were arrested for criticising Mumbai bandh for the funeral procession of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, she said, "I hope we get better results now...those girls were arrested for just voicing their opinion...it is a gross violation of freedom of expression."
The Delhi University law student further said that the vagueness of the wording of the Section 66(A) of the Information Technology Act was hindering the freedom of the people. However, she agreed that some safeguards were also required. "Safeguards are necessary but the act should not be vague," said Shreya.
Making another effective point, the petitioner said that it was not just the government which was misusing the law, but added that it was more dangerous when those in power misused it....more
06:42 PM, Nov 30, 2012