How difficult is it for someone to pirate your cyber identity ? Your IP address ? This case makes all of us completely vulnerable, given the complete break down of the judicial system in India, the lack of application of our police force that is anxious just to fix the blame as soon as possible to take the heat off them selves, the frightening lack of respect for the rights of the individual, Add to that lack of technical expertice of both, the Police and the Judicial system. A Bangalore based young software engineer Lakshmana Kailash k spent 50 horrendous days in Yerwada jail for a cyber crime he did not commit….
Some one posted obscene pictures of Shivaji on the net, and his service provider pointed to his IP address and he was n jail for 50 days before someone listened and accepted that Bharati Airtel had got the wrong IP address. There are many issues that are disturbing :
a. How serious was the crime anyway – to post disprespectful pictures of Shivaji ( I cannot comment as I have not seen them) – under what law was that crime committed
b. Why did no one listen to Kailash when he kept repeating that it was not his IP address. Why was Bharati Airtel’s irresponsible statement not questioned or investigated before it was accepted. It was probably just a junior employee looking at some records carelessly
c. Why did it take 50 days for the police to find out the mistake, and had Kailash not been as influential/forceful as he was – could he have languished in jail for years before any one cared ? He probably would have.
d. Kailash’s experience is Jail – about having to use the same bowl for food and for ging to the toilet, being subjected to lathi beatngs by the police, there only being 3 toilets for 400 prisoners, bieng stoned by other prisoners for taking more than a minute in the toilet – it is a damning indictment on Indan jails
Especially when you consider that most of the people in Yerwada jail are undertrials ( Am I right there ?)
Kailash is now suing bothe the police and Bharati Airtel for Rs 20 crores. I hope he succeeds.