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Former Supreme Court judge Arun Kumar Mishra on Thursday called for tougher legislation to punish “unlawful internet behavior and cybercrimes” and curb freedom of expression enjoyed by social media.

“The freedom of speech and information granted to an individual or media, print or televised, is the same as that granted to social media or cyberspace; it is not greater than that. So there should be strict legislation dealing with it,” the retired judge said at the 25th All India Forensic Conference in Ahmedabad.

Justice Mishra, who is now the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, also said that Kautilya’s Arthashastra is the first source of forensic science in India.

“The method of committing crimes has changed. Technology is the weapon of the day… In the last decade we have witnessed an exponential growth in the number of internet users. Cyberspace is used to violate civil and human rights in general, including the privacy of individuals. “Cyber ​​security is the key to the fight against cyber crimes for the protection of human rights,” he said.

“There is a need to encourage cyber ethics by the government and strengthen legislation to punish and penalize Internet misconduct and cybercrimes… More computer forensic science laboratories, IT centers of excellence, security education and training officers, lawyers are needed. and judges,” he added.

Emphasizing that forensic science is essential to the identification and protection of human rights worldwide, he said. Handprints known as “tarija” were treated as a unique form of signature. Fingerprint identification has been scientifically proven to be infallible.”



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