So a women was caught, spreading rumors about her junior colleague…she was caught by Mumbai police, calling her 4 years younger office mate “sex pet”‘ and other such honorific titles to smudge her reputation. Apparently, she was cognizant of corporate hiring practices of the new media age…yep, the checking Facebook and Twitter and and all other social networking spaces.
At the bottom of this un-CEO like online memo was jealousy…of the younger woman’s quick promotions…the old emotion and new medium of expression. Well reputation is the most privileged asset that an individuals holds, inherent in the aspect of personhood. “The Law of Defamation protects reputation. Defamation is defined as follows: Defamation is the publication of a statement which reflects on a person’s reputation and tends to lower him in the estimation of right-thinking members of society generally or tends to make them shun or avoid him.” (Ayesha, 2010). Extending to libel -written word and slander -spoken word,are a criminal offense under Section 499 IPC. The requirements are a libelous statement, identifying the complainant, and communicated to at least one other person. Section 500 adds 2 year punishment and fine or both as likely punishments. The cyber defamation law adds virtual medium into the written documentation.
well so far its popular use seems to have been in making actresses regret their choice of clothes in movies, or words in public, like Khushboo’s opinions about pre-marital sex, or Sadhana about her harassment at the hands of a builder to vacate her home, or facetious ones like Rakhi Sawant being sued for her “Swyambar” type fiascoes on TV.
Well in this case, it seems that the complainant cried at the Police Station, accepted her mistake…is she being sued, fined, or imprisoned, …maybe not…the virtual medium ensured we communicate our feelings instantaneously, without a minute to reflect or think about potential for regret once we hit the send or submit buttons on our missive.
The legitimacy of feelings and the aftermath of their communication in this virtual reality is likely not real yet. The entertainment value of instantaneous communication is intense and being cashed in every day but its cost to individual psyche still remains to be calculated. meanwhile, girls can send emails, MMS, pics, and …to who ever it is that is currently important to them, for whatever reason, …unfortunately nothing ever gets returned or deleted in virtual space…it stays there waiting to be found again and again….
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