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Major websites face prosecution in India

2012-01-14 12:13

New Delhi - Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other websites are facing prosecution in Indian courts for refusing to censor themselves and remove contents considered insulting to Indian leaders and major religious figures.

Government officials are upset about Web pages that are insulting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ruling Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi and major religious figures. Some illustrations have shown Singh and Gandhi in compromising positions and pigs running through Mecca, Islam's holiest city.

The federal government said on Friday that there was sufficient material to proceed against 21 social networking sites for offenses of "promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration", according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

Comments
  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-14 12:40

    I thought India was predominantly Hindu and Pakistan was Islamic, isn't that why they split in the first place? Before getting upset about the internet India would do well to do a spot of garbage collection.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-14 15:42

      And people think they are significant. I want these leaders, these religious leaders, these presidents and kings (lowercase on purpose) to do me a favour: go outside, stand under the sky and shout out 'I am significant and meaningful' and then wait to see the earth move... :-) Little men have big egos.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-01-14 13:10

    India doesn't have liberation constitution such is ours in place and can afford to outlaw such forums. Indians (including, minority groups) unlike here have a sense of patriotism and understand what is nationhood. In this country, we have a situation where the tail wags the dog - minorities and their organisations have turned the constitution and its instruments (i.e. courts) to better use. In fact, everytime government has to act, it is reduced to a state of paralysis by minorities and their appendages. To minorities, it will be wrong to build RDP houses in Sandton and in historically white areas (whatever the term means). According to them, the value of their houses will depreciate as such houses are fit to be build in historically black areas. Maybe the government will wake up to its senses and suspend the constitution in order to level the playing fields one day.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-14 15:41

      David completely wrong forum however I would hazzard a guess that Beverly Hills would not take to RDP houses either.

  • bradleybrits - 2012-01-14 13:11

    Indian politicians clearly are of the same cloth of their African counterparts. These people feel they're just so important and god-like and nobody dare say or do anything that involves a politician.

      bradleybrits - 2012-01-14 13:12

      The internet's full of fake nude pictures of various people from all over the world. The nice thing is you simply set your google content filter to moderate or strict and all of it is filtered out of your searches. They only people who find that nonsense are people intentionally looking for it!

  • halicon76 - 2012-01-14 23:05

    this headline should read: Major websites face persecution in India. Seriously. Religion is so last century.

  • Johann Eloff - 2012-01-15 23:38

    Seriously the feeling of being offended is a personal one!! What might offend one person does not another. That's why we get freedom of speech and sorry if you feel offended but that is your problem! Please don't make it everyone's?!?

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