Persons who purposely disguise in social media and tease others unreasonably are trouble for the latter. Action done by such people or trolls is called ‘trolling’. At present, it is a menace an is rapidly increasing. It is more of bullying on the internet. Trolls usually target celebrities.
Now, there is no particular law to deal with trolling directly. The following laws do help in dealing with such :
- Indian Penal Code,1860
- Section 354A of IPC deals with sexual harassment where a person who posts any unwanted comments is liable to be punished for a period of one year in jail and fine. Posting pornographic content unacceptable by a woman, demanding any sexual favors on social media can be punished for three years and/or fine.
- Section 354C of IPC is for spying where a person clicks pictures or take videos of a woman during a private act and broadcasts the same.
- Section 354D of IPC is for online stalking and keeps check through internet and electronic communication can be punished for a period of three years in jail with a fine while repeat offenders are punished for a period of five years imprisonment with fine.
- Section 509 of IPC is for punishing a person with for three years behind bars with fine for outraging the modesty of a woman by posting sexual/unwanted pictures or videos or comments.
- Section 499 of IPC can punish a person for defamation of an individual if the person publishes remarks, signs, visible representations, images, and videos to be viewed by the public on social media or in any other manner.
- Section 507 of IPC is for those persons who, in disguise, threaten to harm another person purposely and such persons can be imprisoned for two years.
- Information Technology (Amendment )Act, 2008
- Section 66E of the IT Act deals with such a person who intentionally captures images or videos of sexual parts of another person without her consent and publishes such through print or electronic form and such a person can be punished for a period of three years in jail with a fine of Rs. 2Lakh.
- Section 67 of the IT Act is for a person who publishes any sexually offensive content on the internet can be imprisoned for a period of three years an a fine of Rs. 10 Lakh while for repeat offenders, same fine and a period of seven years in jail.
Next time someone does the above, do not let them get away with it as they might target another person next time but will be bolder than before. Fight back legally !! For further information, please consult Lawyers in India.