Abusive Language and Photoshopping

Last updated on Jun 8, 2022

If someone uses abusive language against you online or photoshops your image into content which is abusive or sexually coloured, that person can be punished(( Section 67, Information Technology Act, 2000.)) under the law. The abusive language or picture or video should:

  • Relate to a feeling or revealing of a sexual interest or sexual desire against you or;
  • Relate to any excessive interest in sexual matters or;
  • Relate to content which would deprave or corrupt you, if you read or saw it online, like pornography.

The punishment for the first conviction is jail time up to three years and a fine up to five lakhs and for the second conviction, a jail term which may extend to five years and a fine up to rupees ten lakhs. 

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