We need your help to boost our efforts to hunt down the ‘zombie’ provision.
Section 66A of the IT Act, introduced by amendment in 2008, penalized sending "offensive messages" via online communication.
In March 2015, S. 66A was declared unconstitutional by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal v. Union Of India as it violated the right to freedom of expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India. However, despite repeated directions by the Supreme Court that all pending cases under S. 66A be closed and also that no fresh charges may be registered, the provision continues to be invoked across the country.
IFF is committed to erasing S. 66A from every FIR and criminal case all across India, irrespective of the person who is being prosecuted. We are working in partnership with CivicDataLab towards building a tool to track cases under S. 66A at the district level between 27th October 2009 till 15th February 2020, ensure that all pending cases are disposed of and advocate for a stronger, more accountable and transparent system. To boost our efforts to hunt down this ‘zombie’ provision, we need your help. Your experience can help strengthen our advocacy efforts.