Man Files Case Against Facebook for “Promoting Cow Slaughter”

Another case has been filed against Facebook at a local police station in Lucknow for promoting “cow slaughter,” according to a new report.

The case registered under section 153, 290 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, demands action against Facebook for not taking down a group which goes by the name Ao Mil Kar Kaatein Gaai (Let us come together to slaughter cows), The Hindu reported.

The group openly urges and glorifies cow slaughter and uses abusive and dirty words against two religions, said the complainant.

Facebook seems to have taken down the group as we can no longer find it on the site.

Cases against Facebook and other large Internet companies in India have been on the rise, especially since the new Information Technology act has come into effect. The act mandates intermediary websites such as Facebook and Google to take down objectionable content within 36 hours of receiving a notification from the user.

Last year, in a similar case, the Delhi High Court summoned Google, Facebook, Yahoo and 18 other sites for allegedly promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration. The summons was issued based on a petition which said that the websites had many pages that promoted enmity.

About six months ago, the police arrested two young women  from Maharashtra for a comment on Facebook which objected to the statewide bandh called by a local political party after their chieftain’s death. The case was booked under section 66A of the IT act.

Following widespread criticism of such arbitrary arrests, the Supreme Court and Government directed the police  that they need approval of a high ranking police official before making such arrests.

The number of Facebook users in India  touched 71 million in December 2012.

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