Authors of “Shreya Singhal V. Union of India (2013) 12 SCC 73”

Tell us about yourself ?

I Vidhi Singh final year student of BA LLB in IMS law college. I am a legal researcher and I’m also practicing internship in Tis Hazari court. I am deligient about my work. I am also active in co-curricular activities like quiz, article writing, paper presentation, seminars and many other. I am a quite good communicator and is open to new knowledge and discussion. I hope I can find a new perspective and scope in this field.

I Ashutosh Somani final year student of BA LLB in IMS law college. I am the class representative and I’m also practicing internship in Tis Hazari Court. I am sincere about my work. I am also active in co-curricular activities like quiz, article writing, paper presentation, seminars and many other. I am a quite good researcher and help my council in their work. I am quite disciplined and punctual about my work and hope I can achieve a good position in the legal sector with my qualifications.

What made you to work on providing a commentary on the case, “Shreya Singhal V. Union of India”?

Because this case deals with the fundamental right of a person which is stated under article 19(1)(a) of the Indian constitution that is freedom of speech and expression. From the time of its origin it has been a topic of debate and is mostly questioned . IT is also exploited very much. Therefore we decided to to present this case and comment about it and we want to put forward our opinion about the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression.

How would you define “freedom of speech and expression”?

Freedom of speech is the right of an individual and or of a community which allows them to express their opinion and ideas without any fear of legal sanction. This right also includes freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds but this special right comes with its duty and responsibilities. It also has certain restrictions to it so as to not harm others to get what we want.

In your perspective, are restrictions on freedom of speech justified?

    

As freedom of expression has been a controversial issue for centuries. Sometimes it has lead to the revolution in society and sometimes it has lead to the deaths like that of Plato. Restrictions are justified to some extent for this right as because a person should limit his words or expressions or emotion in such way that it does not turn into a hate speech or results in hurting someone’s emotions or destroy the peace and harmony of the society.

Do you think that the IT Act, 2012 needs a reformation?

      

Yes, IT Act, 2012 do need a reform as we are aware that crime changes from place to place, person to person, state to state and more. Furthermore we have to keep in mind that crime is also evolving with the evolution of human (i.e. in technology), So in order to keep the harmony we do need to have reforms in order to keep up with the evolving crime.

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