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Adv Shraddha asare
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Though there is not a specific law which is against trolling but the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology act provide certain restrictions over the trolling. Below are some of the provisions of the IT Act and the IPC: –
1. Section 66E of the Information Technology act provides that any person who intentionally captures the sexual parts of a person without his/her content or publishes the same violates the right to privacy of that person. The punishment provided is imprisonment for a period of 3 years and a fine of Rs 2 lacs.
2. Section 67 of the Information Technology act provides that if any person publishes any sexual content which is offensive in nature on the internet can be punished with imprisonment of up to 3 years and a fine with may amount up to 10 lakhs. If the offense is repeated, then the person repeating such an offense shall be punished with a period of up to 7 years.

3. Section 354-A of the Indian Penal Code provides that posting indecent comments or obscene material on social media is punishable with 1-year imprisonment and fine. Further, it provides that posting or messaging pornographic content against the will of a woman or asking for sexual favors is punishable with 3 years’ imprisonment or fine.

4. Section 354-C of the Indian Penal Code provides that in cases where a person captures an image of a woman during her private act and broadcasts the same, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of up to 3 years and fine. If the offense is done subsequently then it is punished up to 7 years and fine is also imposed.

5. Section 354-D of the Indian Penal Code provides for online stalking and states that if a man monitors the use of the internet of a woman it commits to stalking. The punishment provided by it is up to 3 years’ imprisonment and up to 5 years in cases of subsequent offenses.

6. Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code provides that if any person who with the intention to insult any woman utters any word, makes any sound or gesture or exhibits any object for intruding the privacy of such a woman shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of 1 year or fine or both.

7. Section 507 of the Indian Penal Code provides that if a person in a disguise threatens a woman with an intention to harm her he can be punished with jail for a period of years.

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