100 crore fine or 7 year jail for showing wrong Indian map
Government has decided to impose a fine of Rs 100 crore and 7-year imprisonment to anyone who depicts Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) or the state of Arunachal Pradesh as not part of India on social networking sites, according to a new law proposed by Narendra Modi Government.
The new law comes a year after India banned Al-Jazeera channel for almost a week for showing a wrong India map.
According to a report in The Economics Times, the provision is a part of the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill to be introduced in the Parliament soon.
“Whoever depicts, disseminates, publishes or distributes any wrong or false a fine ranging from Rupees 10 lakh to Rupees 100 Crore and/ or imprisonment for a period upto seven years,” the draft provision read.
The Bill pointed out that online platform like Google should apply for a license in a bid to run Google Maps or Google Earth in India.
According to reports, a visiting Malaysian minister apologized for depicting an incorrect map of India during business event on Monday. The map showed PoK as part of Pakistan, triggering strong protest.