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TK Viswanathan Committee Recommendation to Deal with Hate Speech

Published on October 02, 2017
The home ministry is examining the recommendations of TK Viswanathan committee formed to propose new laws or amendments to deal with hate speech on the internet

  • The committee submitted its report on section 66AA of IT Act.
  • The committee was TK  headed by Viswanathan who served as director of ADR, ICADR and as secretary general of the Lok Sabha
  • After the Supreme Court of India struck down section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, the committee was formed

Recommendations of the committee

  • It is suggested that section 78 of the IT Act needs to be replaced and Section 153 and 505A of the Indian Penal Code need to be amended.
  • Section 78 primarily dealt with capacity building and needs to be relooked at with a view to sensitize the officers of law enforcement agencies. Under it, a police officer of the rank of inspector or above was empowered to investigate offences.
  • The committee has recommended that each state should have a State Cyber Crime Coordinator which should be an officer not below the rank of Inspector General of Police.
  • The committee has also suggested that each district to have a District Cyber Crime Cell headed by an officer not below the rank of sub-inspector of police.

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