- Kiren Rijiju lashed out at cyber bullies who tried to tarnish his reputation
- Riju also shared his post on Facebook account calling it mischievous act
Cyberbullying is common nowadays. It is threatening people or harassing them through the internet. And guess who has become the victim of these virtual bullies? It’s none other than Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India.
The Union Minister’s anger came out after which he lashed out at cyber bullies who tried to tarnish his reputation by creating his fake account and posting offensive tweets.
Kiren Riju also shared his post on his Facebook account calling it Despicable & mischievous act. He even questioned that, Is this the way to tarnish a character by creating fake pictures?
It may be mentioned that Rijiju was also served a privilege notice recently by Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury for sharing on Facebook a video showing Surpanakha laughing implying the laugh of MP Renuka which she found as being ‘Highly Objectionable’.
Legal rights against cyber bullying
Offences of bullying, stalking, terrorism, breach of confidentiality, etc. committed in cyberspace are like similar offences in the real world and are punishable. The Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act) was enacted to deal with e-commerce and electronic records, and also to punish e-commerce offences. Offences such as intimidation, insult, annoying, harassment, defamation, etc. in cyberspace continued to be punishable only under the IPC till the 2008 amendment to the IT Act.
Section 66A in the amended IT Act deals with these crimes. Sending any message (through a computer or a communication device) that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; any communication which he/she knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing insult, annoyance and criminal intimidation come under this section. This crime, under the current IT/Cyber/Criminal laws in India is punishable up to three years with a fine.