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They were remanded to police custody for 14 days, before being bailed out

BANGALORE, INDIA: Arrests for comments and illustrations on social media and the Web are becoming commonplace these days.

The latest on the ignominious list is the arrest of two girls in Mumbai for commenting on Sunday about the demise of Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray. They were remanded to police custody for 14 days, before being bailed out by paying a Rs. 15,000 bond.

"Her comment said people like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a 'bandh' (city shutdown) for that," police inspector Uttam Sonawane reportedly stated. In fact, one girl was arrested for the comment and another for merely 'liking' it.

The girls were booked under Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code, which is for inciting violence and Section 295A of IPC (for hurting religious sentiments) and Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. After a police complaint was filed by a local Shiv Sena leader, Sena activists allegedly vandalized the first girl's uncle's medical clinic, broke window panes and flowerpots.

Quite recently, a small businessman in Puducherry, Ravi S, was arrested under Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act for allegedly posting 'offensive' messages on the micro-blogging site Twitter targeting Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram.

 

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dharmendra sharma Tue Nov 20 at 02:52 PM

bharat mata ko bachane ki jarorat hai. swatchh bharat nirmal bharat ki sankalpna ko sakar banane main. madad kare. jago india jago. jai hind. bande matram.

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dharmendra sharma Tue Nov 20 at 02:49 PM

all the people is to be banned to comment on any personnal, or individuals. jisse internet ki gandagi saaf ho jaaye.

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dharmendra sharma Tue Nov 20 at 02:44 PM

i respect to bala saheb thakre . but if he were between us. he could not accept this type of activity (for arresting to one for the same.), in each & every day there are lot of comments r passing by politicals or any person.s ,leaders on each other, but there is not any action had to be taken to them.

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rajneesh Tue Nov 20 at 08:45 AM

Its a pity , we call our self and take pride in calling ourself world greatest Democracy . Do we really deserve to be called Democracy. Cant we take leaf out od USA . Its time the masses wake up and rise against these poitical parties . All are chips of the same block and as Kejriwal rightly said there is a setting among all .You scratch my back and i will scratch your back and we all political parties thrive at the expanse of we the sleeping masses.

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Satish Chandra Mon Nov 19 at 04:54 PM

India's population is a mountain of !@#$. Bal Thakeray was a particle of !@#$ in this mountain of !@#$.

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