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Cyber law? India still way behind

February 02, 2005 12:15 IST
Even as the debate on the use of MMS and camera phone sparked off by a public school case continues to generate heat, legal experts say that India still lacks cyber laws to deal with legal and moral issues arising out of the misuse of technology by peeping toms.

The MMS issue makes a case to re-examine existing laws. "Our cyber laws were formed years back when the technology of camera phones did not exist in India. Any crime related to it needs a stringent set of laws to be followed," says Pawan Duggal, a cyber law expert.

"Our laws have not touched cyber defamation, cyber harassment, cyber nuisance etc, which are required to be looked upon as soon as possible," he further adds.

"The IT Act does cover these kind of cases. But how rigid is the law and how severe is the punishment?" asks lawyer Puneet Mittal.

The MMS case falls in this very category and became an issue on who was guilty for circulation of the obscene material on the Internet.

"The case was the first of its kind to be registered with us. We have not received any such complaints before and after the case," says K K Vyas, ADGP, Economic Offence Wing.

"We go according to what is mentioned in the books of law. Our duty is to follow the instructions given by the court," he says in response to a question on the course of action in case such cases surface.

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