It all started with a comment. A rather harsh and racist comment towards a specific religion, causing prejudice to them, especially during their fast. While a few others supported what she said by rubbing salt onto the wound, other Facebookers decided to make screenshots of the said comments and propagate it on the social network.
Very quickly, it became the talk of the town. Taking the matter seriously, authorities lead their investigations to find out if the profile was a genuine one. The 20 years old girl surrendered herself to the police 2 days ago. Since then, she is still behind the bars as the police objected to her bail. At the same time, the police is on the trail of a guy who participated in the racist and communal act. Accused of “unlawfully and knowingly use a computer system to perform a function for the purpose of securing a program in the computer system with intent to commit an offence to wit :- stirring up racial hatred »“, she can be be sentenced up to 5 years imprisonnement and a fine of up to Rs1 million.
Do’s & Don’ts
As a blogger, I have been very often at the heart of such situations in which people threaten of dragging me to court. Yet, I’m still writing. Why? I’m always very careful of the words I use in my blog posts or on Facebook even though I do not have any legal background or support of any lawyer.
We surely live in a democracy whereby our constitution gives us the right to express ourselves freely but we should be on alert. I might perhaps write another blog post on the topic but for now, here are a few things to do and also, things which should not be done while writing on the net :
- Always be on guard.
- Be choosy about the words you use.
- Use screenshots/photos when available
- Always show or write about facts and proven data
- Publish publicly available data. Facebook can be of great use.
- Write about your stand on the matter, without using any of the “donts” mentioned below.
- No personal attacks,
- No mentioning of names when it has not be proven.
- No swearing (That is the worst thing you can do, in real life or using mobile/computers)
- No racial speech or any form of speech which can bring to conflicts among communities/religion.
- No use of pictures without prior authorization (applies to private properties and when privacy of people is concerned)
To sum up, you should be responsible and assume what you are writing. There are things which can be tolerated in the society and ensure that you do not cross the limit. For example, a few weeks ago, a newspaper editor was arrested for publishing pictures of Michaela Harte.
You are the most welcomed to express yourself on the subject or by contributing additional do’s and dont’s.