State has to Enact Laws to Curb Social Media Wars: Kerala High Court

By Ishaan Seth

Kerala High Court has raised a concern to introduce a law to prevent the rise of social media wars and the rise of intolerance and objectionable content on social media platforms.

The Court has already noted in the case of Sreekumar v. State of Kerala that the instance of intolerance and disrespect for the views of others has been increasing due to the addictive use of social media platforms.

Justice Kunhikrisnan has observed that it is the duty of the state to maintain the public order within the society. Moreover, according to existing penal law, such culprits can be booked, for which the state police has to be vigilant. The Court has further directed that the copy of the order would be forwarded to the Director General of Police and the Chief Secretary of the Kerala Government for taking appropriate actions in accordance with law.

Last month Sreeja Prasad had hit back at disparaging online comments made against her. The comments made by Prasad during this segment prompted the registration of a case citing offences of Section 294(b) of Indian Penal Code, Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Section 120(o) of the Kerala Police Act. The Court has observed on Monday that it is extremely unparliamentary and it cannot be extracted in a judicial order.

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