Are we not even allowed to like what we like or do we have to ask permissions about liking each and every page? If this is how the Indian government deals with Facebook users, it is utter dominance. Ali has been charged for sedition, but the Facebook page does not include any pictures disrespecting the Indian flag. The last prominent figure, who was charged for sedition was Aseem Trivedi for his political cartoons on corruption.
The Kochi police booked Ali for sedition, using offensive languages and also insulting the national flag, which is said to come under 66A of Information Technology Act, 2000 and section 2 of Prevention of Insults to National Honor Act, 1971 respectively.
A Facebook like or a post has become a risky affair nowadays, as it might lead one to jail as well. Ali is not the first one to suffer due to a simple 'like' on Facebook, as Shaheen Dhada, 21-year-old student from Mumbai had also posted a status on Facebook that questioned Mumbai shutdown following the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, had to face arrest as well. Not only her, college-mate Renu Srinivasan, who had liked the post was also arrested.
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