A snap from Indian IT act – beware of breaking IT laws in India

Here is mapping of of Crime-Punishment according to modified Indian IT act

Crime Punishment
Publishing ‘sexually explicit material’ Up to five years imprisonment and Rs 10 lakh fine
Impersonation Five-year imprisonment 
Sending offensive messages through PCs or other communications devices  Fines and two-year imprisonment

And latest in this section –

Youth misuses classmate’s profile, posts lewd scraps

A Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) student of Thane was arrested on Thursday for creating a classmate’s profile and uploading her picture with offensive messages on an online community site without her permission.

The cyber cell of the Thane police got into the act following a complaint by a girl that someone had created her profile on Orkut.com with her picture and posted lewd messages. Within 48 hours the culprit was nabbed.

When Sushma Sharma (name changed on request) logged on to Orkut.com, she received a scrap (Orkut comment) saying ‘Hi’ from a profile that seemed her own. This made her wonder since she never wrote it in her own scrapbook. Out of curiousity she clicked on the profile, and to her utter dismay she was flooded with vulgar comments and cheap descriptions about her. The profile also had her photograph and cellphone number.

After that she started getting vulgar phone calls and her friends also informed her about offensive messages put up on her profile. A harassed Sushma and her parents complained to the Vartak Nagar police station, who forwarded the investigation to the Thane Cyber Cell (TCC).”

Abhishek, 19, a BMS student, first denied committing any such crime but soon confessed. “I don’t understand what happened to me. I just did it,” said Abhishek, who knew Sushama as her classmate in junior college.

He has been booked under IPC 469 (publicising offensive message) and Section 67 of IT Act, 2000. He can be punished with up to five years in jail.

Tips for Orkut users

According to Police Sub Inspector Ravindra Chavan, “Orkut users should not put up their photographs on the site. They should not reveal personal information in their profile. Also no cellphone numbers or identity should be mentioned in the scrap book, as it is open to all.”


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