Arrests are made even after SC scrapped the relevant section

New Delhi: Police arrested more than 3,000 people under the Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, even after it was scrapped by the Supreme Court last year. The court had ruled Section 66A violated the freedom of speech and expression.

Arrest of a college student Danish Mohammed this March for allegedly sharing a morphed picture of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is one example.

National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB) Crime in India report shows 3,137 arrests under the section in 2015 against 2,423 the previous year.

Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy, who represented the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, among the petitioners in Supreme Court seeking removal of the said section, expressed shock over the gross violation of Supreme Court ruling. It is obvious that all arrests were made after the court ruling, say the rights bodies.

There were 575 people still in jail on January 1, 2016, twice as many as the 275 in prison when the law was in force in previous year. In 2015, the courts convicted accused in 143 cases.

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