We are on the battlefield and the enemy
is continuously jabbing us with its
weapon. For the first time, we are asked to stay away from a battle because the
power of this enemy
increases when we confront it.
You must be knowing what I am discussing about, Yes COVID19 a virus with its
evil power is a disaster to the whole world. This uncontrollable virus has
spread massively taking away thousands of lives. Not only in my nation but
worldwide people are asked to stay at their homes and lead a hygienic life, thus
various steps are taken to curb this pandemic.
We are staying at our homes and investing a lot of time in various activities.
However, most of our time is spend on SOCIAL MEDIA. Discussing my nation, there
are 376.1 million social media users. After the Government took a big step of
lock-down due to an escalating spread of the virus there is an increase in the
number of users. The problem is not in the use of social networks but is in the
misuse of it.
The spread of fake news, communal disharmony, fraud, illegal money
transfers, and increased bigotry is creating hue and cry among the masses.
The Ministry of Home Affairs stated that there is an increase of 86% cybercrimes
in 4 weeks after the spread of the news of the Coronavirus in the nation. The
illicit money transactions through the fake flagship of PM Cares Fund" has made
several people bankrupt, even NRIs have fallen prey to it. The Indian Government
tried to manage the situation by writing to the social media companies to
control the spread of misinformation but no change could be seen.
government finding no other way to cope with the adversity, took it to another
level and hereby said that any person who misuses the social media will be
liable under Sections 505, 154 and 295A of The Indian Penal Code. In Maharashtra
itself, 115 cases of fake news have been lodged since the lock-down and 2 being
non-cognizable offenses (The Economic Times). The unscientific and impractical
methods to control the virus is overflowing in large number, which is creating
panic and fear in people.
The flame of communal disharmony is spreading all over the country and all due
to this fake and baseless news. There is a rise in intolerance among individuals
and they lash each other blatantly by hook and crook on such platforms. They
forget (mostly unaware) that Article 19(1)(a) of The Indian Constitution is not
We have restrictions on our freedom of speech and expression. And when they are
found guilty, they blame the administration that we are helpless and nobody
listens to us…
but there is a famous legal maxim ignorantia juris non
or ignorantia legis neminemexcusat
(ignorance of the law excuses not
and ignorance of the law excuses no one respectively). Such a situation is not
helping anyone in society but affecting our mental health.
Then why do such
things which may cause trouble?
Our condition is such that we are confined in the four walls of our house
surrounded by a tensed ambiance and above all this continuous bombardment of
forged news on our brains, leading us to depression. Today our main aim and
focus should be that how can we effectively handle this grave situation which
every individual is facing presently. We need unity but through social
distancing and that unity can only be successful through proper use of social
Let us not spoil the basic characteristic of social media that is the enhanced
outreach to the public at large and healthy interactions among individuals.
Corona will be cured one day but the disorder caused due to erroneous use of the
social network will not be cured easily.
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