Section 66A of IT Act misused to suppress legitimate voices: IYC spokesperson Gaurav Jain

Gaurav Jain made the statement at the launching programme of ‘Young India Ke Bol’, a national level speech competition campaign for selection of spokesperson for the youth congress on Monday at Congress Bhavan, Imphal West.


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National spokesperson of Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Gaurav Jain said that Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which was dismissed by the Supreme Court, has been blatantly misused in every part of the country to suppress the legitimate voice of people.

Gaurav Jain made the statement at the launching programme of ‘Young India Ke Bol’, a national level speech competition campaign for selection of spokesperson for the youth congress on Monday at Congress Bhavan, Imphal West.

Stating that India at present stands at 142 in the total list of 180 countries in the press freedom index, Gaurav claimed that many youths in the country cannot raise their voices even if they wanted to.

There had been many instances of social media accounts of many youths being suspended or threatened by the local police. And as such, the India Youth Congress has launched the Young India Ke Bol campaign to provide the young voices a platform to raise their concerns and issues on the national level platform, he added.

The IYC spokesperson said that five youths will be selected from every state and there should be at least one member each from the scheduled tribe, scheduled caste and women. The selected youths will participate in the national level speech competition which will be held on November 14 at Delhi where they will get the chance to be national spokesperson.

Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress Committee working president Sagolsem Johnny Meitei said that 'Young India Ke Bol' campaign will be a platform for the youths to express their voices on different issues in the state and government policies as well.

The programme aims to provide a major platform to all the Indian youths between the age group of 18 to 35 years to raise their voices on issues like inflation, corona management, unemployment and undemocratic regime in the country, he added

Johnny also said that the youths, after registering their names for the competition, can submit their videos (1.5 to 2 minutes) through twitter and facebook. The selected videos will be forwarded to IYC for selection.

 
First Published:Sept. 20, 2021, 10:48 p.m.

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