New Delhi: Shreya Singhal, a young Delhi law graduate who filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court calling section 66(A) of the Information Technology (IT) Act unconstitutional, has only been back in India for a few months.
Section 66(A) of the IT Act recently has led to the arrest of two girls in Palgarh in Maharashtra over Facebook post on Balasaheb.
Singhal, her parents’ single child studied at Vasant Valley school in Delhi. She spent her last three years studying astrophysics at Bristol University in the UK. She came back home in July for her gap year and applied for law schools.
This girl, as a student of Delhi's Vasant Valley School, tracked the Yamuna river from Yamunotri right up to Delhi in a 12-day journey, she told a leading newspaper.
Her mother Manali Singhal is a lawyer and her famous grandparents are Justice Sunanda Bhandare and Murli Bhandare, who after a distinguished career as a senior advocate, is now the governor of Odisha, say media reports.
Songhal told a leading newspaper that “The courts are the one place where every citizen can go. If you say something in a newspaper or on TV, that’s fine, but if you say it on Facebook, you get arrested... I think there are so many people in India who are tech-savvy and very vocal about their views. It’s a natural revolution.”
In the PIL, she contended that "the phraseology of Section 66A of the IT Act, 2000 is so wide and vague and incapable of being judged on objective standards, that it is susceptible to wanton abuse and hence falls foul of Article 14, 19 (1)(a) and Article 21 of the Constitution."
She submitted that "unless there is judicial sanction as a prerequisite to the setting into motion the criminal law with respect to freedom of speech and expression, the law as it stands, is highly susceptible to abuse and for muzzling free speech in the country."