India's top court strikes down 'offensive' message provision

March 24, 2015 10:27 AM

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India's Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a provision that called for the imprisonment of people who send "offensive" messages by computer or cellphone.

Section 66A of the 2008 Information Technology Act, which made sending such messages a crime punishable by up to three years in prison, was challenged by parties including a law student, non- governmental organizations and civil rights groups.

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