Forwarded message is equal to accepting the message: MHC

Rejecting the anticipatory bail plea of a local political leader for forwarding an abusive message on social media, the Madras High Court observed that forwarding a message on social media is equal to accepting and endorsing the message.

“Forwarded message is equal to accepting the message and endorsing the message”, the Court said.

“No one has any right to abuse women and if done it is a violation of rights. When calling a person with community name itself is a crime, using such unparliamentarily words is more heinous”, the Court said, and further added that “When a celebrity like person forward messages like this, the common public will start believe it that this type of things are going on. This sends a wrong message to the society at a time when we are talking about women empowerment”.

Petitioner applied for anticipatory saying he received a message from his friend and under the bona fide impression and inadvertent mistake, forwarded the said message without reading the contents and knowing its nature. He said he immediately deleted the message after his friend pointed about the abusive content.

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