Yes. That happened right in Mauritius!
To tell you the truth, I was going to publish another article but when I came across this local news, I immediately started to write this text.
The court has infringed a fine of Rs190,000 to a young 21yrs old university guy for offenses made towards a teenage girl some 3 years ago. At that time, the girl, aged 16years old and the 19yrs guy got to know each other on the net. However, she cut off all contact when she noticed that his talks were becoming indecent. The worst was still to come. He then faked her profile/display picture and harassed both the girl and even her brother by sending them text messages.
After 3 years, the verdict was finally pronounced. The magistrate charged him of several offenses including “unauthorised modification of computer material”, “unauthorised access to computer data”, “using an information and communication service for the purpose of causing annoyance”. She also said that she’s sending a strong signal through this huge fine amount.
However, the questions that I am asking myself right now :
- At the end of the day, who is really paying for his deeds??
Most probably his parents, or perhaps himself but that’s little probability given that he’s only a student.
- Isn’t some (REAL!!!) social work/community service more appropriate as punishment to the guy and to serve as a bad example for others to follow?