Assam: 16-year-old detained for criticizing BJP on Social Media
GUWAHATI, May 28, 2018: In an incident that took place in Assam, a 16-year-old-boy was arrested twice last week, he was held by police force belonging to different district after a complaint that was lodged against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party functionaries.
The teenager, a resident of Assam's Golaghat district, had uploaded a video on YouTube making fun of several BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and another key minister from the state, Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The teenager was first apprehended by the Golaghat police on May 23.
According to the investigating officer, Manik Goswami, the boy was booked under Section 500 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code in addition to Section 67 of the Information Technology Act.
While Section 500 and 505 pertain to defamation and public mischief, the latter deals with "publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form".
Later, the teenager had apologized to the public and said that he made the video only for fun and was not aware of the consequences.
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