Facebook Reacts To I Hate Gandhi Groups

Posted In Facebook, India - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Friday, January 28th, 2011 With 0 Comments

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An FIR has been lodged in India against social networking site Facebook for allegedly maligning the image of Mahatma Gandhi through an online group (which has now been banned by Facebook).

The complaint is for allegedly portraying Gandhi in a wrong manner and spreading hatred.

The complainant alleged that “I hate Gandhi group” on the social networking site uses dirty words against the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The complaint further reads that the words and abuses are more than enough to provoke riots.

The FIR has been lodged under section 153 (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of communities and other grounds), 153 A (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration), 153 B (public nuisance), 290 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 504 (criminal intimidation) 506 and 66 A IT Act (using Information Technology for these purposes).

Even after Facebook immediately banning that particular  group I could myself find many other Facebook groups / pages spreading hatred against Mahatma Gandhi. I am only wondering would Facebook remove these ones after more FIRs.

I also have a feeling of our right to speak being hacked.

  • Can we not speak our minds?
  • Can we not say what we feel?

Of course we can.

  • We can abuse each other anywhere.
  • Legislatures can abuse each other in the house.
  • They can even do that on the roads.

But not allowed against famous personalities which can provoke violence in the society.