Wednesday, 24 June 2020

5 Indian laws you must know to fight cyber bully

Cases of cyberbullying are rising sharply as social media has become easily accessible and is no more exclusively limited as smartphones have bridged the gap between social media and the simpletons. People have zero tolerance when someone speaks against their notions and they lash out aggressively to shut down others. They don't consider what ill consequences their actions can lead to.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is a kind of harassment which is done by utilizing electronic technology. Electronic technology comprises of devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers and tablets, as well as social media platforms, text messages, emails, chat, and websites. 

How is cyberbullying so dangerous?

Many people who are likely to get bullied online can be also bullied in the physical world. Physical bullying can be prevented as one can try to avoid places and circumstances that will expose them in direct contact with a bully, cyberbullying offers no such armistice.

Cyberbullies can harass their victims at any time. They frequently broadcast hateful content online, anonymously, so that they cannot be tricked or avoided.

When someone gets targeted, they are painted with a bullseye, and many other feckless people who can only be courageous behind a screen also join to spread the hate.

It's in human nature to spread rumours and that too without validating the facts. The all-pervasive character of cyberbullying, as well as the abundance of time it requires to track cyberbullies, gives rise to the growth of cyberbullying which has become an alarming trend across the planet.

Laws you should know to fight against cyberbullying 

  1. Section 67 of the Information Technology Act deals with cyberbullying in away. Section 67 of the act prescribes penalty for publishing or transmitting improper media in electronic structure for a period which may prolong to five years and also with fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees.

  2. Section 507  IPC -  The section declares that if anyone receives criminal oppression by way of an anonymous transmission then the individual who is sending threats shall be penalized with detention for up to two years.

  3. Section 66 E of IT Act - The category specifies a penalty for infringement of privacy. The section asserts that any individual who intentionally infringes the privacy by sending, recording, or publishing personal pictures of others shall be punished with up to three years imprisonment or fine up to three lakhs.

  4. Sec.67B – Punishment for publishing or transmitting of content illustrating kids in any sexually explicit act in digital form.

  5. Sec.499 IPC – Sending slanderous information through emails. An individual is guaranteed to serve prison for up to two years, with or without fine.
Because cyberbullying is difficult to track, many victims feel powerless and incapable to bear the pressure. It is not shocking, therefore, that this form of bullying has been known to incite pessimism and distress in its victims. In several examples, it has furthermore resulted in victims developing suicidal tendencies. The year 2020 has seen such cases like Sushant Singh Rajput and Hana Kimura. 


Author Bio:

Name: Shivang Saxena

A 22-year-old, writer-entrepreneur based in India, who prefers to tell stories and write about everything with a touch of life. He has been helping startups and technologies with their content strategies. He's currently working on his book named "Too Many Thoughts, Too Much life".

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