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Internet shutdowns on the rise in India: What govt's new rule-book says

Blocking sites and shutting down the internet has become a regular occurrence in India

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BS Web Team New Delhi
India has seen a steep rise in the number of Internet shutdowns over the past few years. These shutdowns are generally imposed under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973. However, it seems that Section 144 is not enough.

In a notification published earlier this month (which went unnoticed by most of the media until Medianaama reported on this on Monday), the Ministry of Communications has published the process and authority required for a cutoff of internet services in the populous country.

The notification was issued under section 7 of the Telegraph Act, 1885. Here's

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First Published: Aug 29 2017 | 10:00 AM IST

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