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One of the most widely used instant messaging platform has received a legal notice for its middle finger emoji from a Delhi based legal practitioner Gurmeet Singh.
According to the notice, “showing the middle finger, even on a virtual platform, is not only illegal but is an “obscene” gesture. Showing of middle finder is not only offensive but a highly belligerent, invasive, obscene, lewd gesture.
As per the Indian Penal Code Sections 354 and 509, it is an offence to show obscene, lewd, offensive gestures to females. Use of a lewd, offensive, obscene gesture by anyone is hereby illegal also as aforesaid. As per section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994 showing of the middle finger is also an offence in Ireland.”
Curbing WhatsApp has been a challenge for Indian Agencies
In the recent past right from the riots in Kashmir to each and every election cycle, Indian regulation agencies seemed to have no say to third party messaging applications like WhatsApp to have control and monitoring over the dissemination of messages.
The company on the other hand had also been unable to scan through the messages getting shared over its platform, which are obscene, anti-secular or anti-national. Incidents where in Admin of the WhatsApp groups have been arrested while promoting any objectionable content, not due to platform’s intelligence or monitoring but from the users who reported out of their own cognizance.