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...The question is: Can a mere discussion between two persons be an offence in the context of freedom of speech? The police seem to think so, as the two bank employees were promptly remanded and sent to judicial custody by a magistrate. More than 50 such cases have been filed in different districts of Tamil Nadu under section 153 A and 505 IPC against persons for “spreading rumours.” Rumours can have the potential for mischief and have sparked riots but provisions of 153 A and 505 of IPC have always been applied in the context of religious, communal and caste tensions. ...TOI on Oct. 20, 2016, 7 a.m.
...The Juvenile Justice Act addresses two categories of children—those in need of care and protection, and those in conflict with law. Eight categories are listed under which a child could be considered to be in need of care and protection or called as a juvenile who is alleged to have committed an offence. It is necessary to understand that a child charged with committing an offence may also need care and protection. It is also for this purpose that the juvenile justice board comprises a magistrate and two others who have worked in the area of child rights to determine the case before the hearing. ...TOI on July 28, 2016, 10:44 a.m.
...It is an offence under the penal code created in the amendments to the criminal law following the Nirbhaya case and is gender specific in India. Any man who follows a woman and contacts, or attempts to contact the woman to foster personal interaction repeatedly despite a clear indication of disinterest by such a woman, or monitors the use by a woman of the internet, e-mail or any other form of electronic communication commits the offence of stalking punishable with a maximum period of three years. The offence requires the man to contact the woman, but this is not always the case in many instances of stalking. ...TOI on July 4, 2016, 3:29 p.m.