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Lewd MMS, emails may land you in jail

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 11, 2012
First Published: 23:39 IST(11/10/2012) | Last Updated: 01:40 IST(12/10/2012)

The cabinet on Thursday approved amendments to the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, which will target "indecent portrayal of women" on the internet and other new-age media with hefty fines and stiff penal provisions.

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Besides internet, multimedia messaging, satellite communication technology, cable TV, indecent representation of women through any other medium such as  print, audio, visual including ads would also be punishable with a fine of Rs. 50,000 and a three-year jail term.

Also it has enhanced the punishment for the first offence with a fine of Rs. 50,000 and jail term of three years. For subsequent offence, the proposed fine has been fixed at Rs. 1 lakh. In the existing Act, the fine was Rs. 2,000 for the first offence and two-year jail term.


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