LUCKNOW: An FIR has been lodged against Facebook Inc on Sunday, after a group posted something expletives against Prophet of Islam and Hindu Gods and Goddesses on the social networking site. The FIR has been lodged by IPS officer Amitabh Thakur and his social activist wife Nutan Thakur, with Gomtinagar police station under sections of IPC and Information Technology Act, 2000. The cyber crime cell, Hazratganj will investigate the case.
According to the IPS officer, a group user named Mullaguru Acharya Swami Baba posted offensive words and abuses that could create issues and clashes in the society. He said "This was an act prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (covered under section 153A of IPC) and imputation, assertions prejudicial to national integration (under section 153 B of IPC)".
Amitabh Thakur quoted in his complaint that the post was also featured to cause public annoyance (290 IPC) and planned insult and with intent to create clashes and disturbance in society. The couple added in their complaint that the word which has been used in the post are to provoke.
The complainant also said that similar activities were witnessed on Facebook earlier as well and three FIRs were registered against the site by them at Gomtinagar, Lucknow and Civil Lines, Meerut police station, but no action has been taken yet in any of these cases.
The FIR said that Facebook Inc, with its headquarters at Pao Alto, California, USA is criminally liable because it has not taken due preventative measure as warranted under IT Act and rules of the IT (Intermediary Guidelines) despite Allahabad High Court orders.
- Nilofer Raqeem