Section 66A: A Dead Law that still Breathes

  • Shreya Khotele
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  • Shreya Khotele

    Student at Amity University, Chhattisgarh, India

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This paper particularly deals with Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, which further discusses the history, the enactment of this provision and how it was struck down by the landmark judgement of the Supreme of Court of India Shreya Singhal v. Union of India. Moreover, it also discusses how the Supreme Court tackled the opposition faced by India because of some suggested provisions by several countries like Nigeria, Georgia, the U.K. and many more. And what is the significance of the freedom of speech and expression on the internet. This paper additionally talks about various other landmark judgements related to the Right to freedom of speech and expression and how it has been violated by Section 66A of the IT Act, 2000. The author has also discussed the reasons for the poor administration of the judicial declaration and solutions as to how it could be resolved. It tries to make understand the readers the point of view of various eminent authors and reads out various reports by The Economic Times and Special Rapporteur. Apart from these provisions Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has also been discussed in the paper. In a nutshell, it describes how important the Right to freedom and expression is, and any inconsistencies with the said right would ultimately lead to the elimination of it from the book of law.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 1, Page 2527 - 2537


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