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The News Minute | September 29, 2014 | 11.10 pm IST A police complaint has been filed by the Madukkarai police against a DMK party worker for allegedly putting out a Facebook post against AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa in Coimbatore.  The police complaint was filed against N Ramu under Section 66A of the IT Act for allegedly putting up a Facebook post in a closed group; the post depicted Subramanian Swamy and Jayalalithaa.  Sudha Ramalingam, a senior lawyer, spoke out against the provisions made in Section 66A of the IT Act under which the complaint was filed. “For political reasons and for other reasons this law can be abused,” she said.  The police registered the case under Sections 505(ii) under intent of causing alarm in public and Section 509 (act intended to insult the modesty of woman) of the IPC apart from Section 66A of the IT Act, said The Hindu.  “There is general intolerance in the minds of the people, by and large they don’t accept anything which doesn't suit their taste. Throttling dissemination of any information or any idea should be as less as possible,” said Ramalingam.  Amended in 2008, the Section 66A IT Act intends to curb misuse of the internet, however the open-endedness of the Act has been questioned by human rights activists.  This section of the Act has come under sharp criticism in the past as seen in the aftermath of the arrest of two women for a FB post on the shutdown in Mumbai following Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray’s death.

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