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The guidelines were issued after the controversial arrests of two teenage girls who had posted on Facebook objecting to a bandh-like situation in Mumbai after Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's death and were arrested.
A 19-year-old boy was detained in Thane district on suspicion of posting an "objectionable" Facebook comment against MNS chief Raj Thackeray but later let off.
Currently, a police station in-charge or an inspector can register a case under the said provision.
Section 66 (A), which is a bailable offence and provides for a jail term of up to three years, makes it an offence to send, by means of a computer resource or communication device, any information which is grossly offensive, menacing, causes annoyance or hatred.
However, activists said while the intention is noble, the move will not help achieve the desired motive.
"Only Parliamentary amendments in the IT Act can achieve the desired objective. The issuance of guidelines without amending the IT Act are cosmetic changes to satisfy the backlash from social media," noted cyber lawyer Pavan Duggal said.
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