The objection that rose against the arrest of two girls — one for “posting” a communication on Facebook that criticised the pack-up in Mumbai after the demise of the Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray, and another for “liking” the communication, has turned out to be a big issue and has placed the job of the two police officers who arrested the girls at stake.

By (KVRaman, Mumbai)

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Published: Fri 30 Nov 2012, 11:23 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:47 PM

This was, indeed, a strong move since there has been a remarkable rise in the number of people who articulated their opinions on various social networks, particularly Facebook and Twitter, all over the nation.

The freedom of expression was certainly compromised in this situation. The arrest of the girls in Mumbai has been widely criticised because the commentwas not, by any stretch of the imagination, illicit. The central government too had criticised the arrest.

The social networking activities of individuals should not be taken so seriously. People are often not too politically correct online because they treat social media informally. The above bit is important to realise before initiating any radical action, like arresting innocent girls.

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