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Need to educate enforcement agencies to prevent misuse of IT Act: Sibal

Posted on Nov 20, 10:07PM | UNI

Expressing 'sadness' over the arrest of two girls in Maharashtra for a Facebook post in which they criticised the closure of Mumbai over Bal Thackeray's death, Minister for Communications and IT Kapil Sibal has said there is need to educate enforcement authorities on sections of the Information Technology Act to prevent its 'misuse'.

"I am deeply saddened (by the arrest of the two girls).

It is just their point of view and enforcement of these laws are not to ban people from expressing their views," the Minister said on a TV channel last night.

Speaking on CNN-IBN's show 'The Last Word' last night, Mr Sibal said sending a person booked under Section 66(A) to judicial custody is not in accordance with law.

The Minister said there was a need to educate enforcement agencies on how not to misuse the law and how better it can be enforced.

The two girls--Shaheen Dhada and Renu--were sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court before which they were produced today.

However, the police said they were granted bail after they furnished personal bonds.