Thank India for Pursuing Free Speech

Target: Indian Government

Goal: Thank the Indian government for not arresting people who make offensive comments online

The Indian government has decided to revise a current law that allows police officials to arrest someone for making offensive comments on social networking sites. As the law currently stands, any police official is allowed to arrest someone for making comments they deem offensive. Since the definition of offensive varies widely from person to person, this law encourages police officials to abuse their power.

The arrest of two young women sparked the need for change in India. Both women were arrested for criticizing the government on social networking sites. These criticisms were very mild, and made the Indian government realize the law was not functional as it stood. Therefore, the Indian government decided to change the enforcement of the law. In order to arrest someone, the case must be approved by a senior police official.

The communications minister of India stated that they were going to try this new enforcement for six months. If issues still arise with unfair imprisonment, then they will consider changing the law entirely. If the process is adequate, then the law will remain as written.

Sign the petition below, and thank the Indian government for taking this first, important step towards free speech. While many may believe Indian censorship laws to be unfair, this revision is a step in the right direction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Indian Government,

Thank you for reviewing your current censorship law and deciding that a change was in order. The revisions to your current law make it more just, and will hopefully diminish unfair arrests.

Arresting young people for making mildly disparaging comments online is grossly unfair, and only wastes government time and money. In the future, I hope to see a continued trend towards free speech.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

 

Photo Credit: people.exeter.ac.uk

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