Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016

In 2016, the National Assembly enacted the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (“PECA”) to provide a comprehensive legal framework to define various kinds of electronic crimes, mechanisms for investigation, prosecution and adjudication in relation to electronic crimes.

Section 21 provides that use of electronic means that may result in reputational damage or breach of privacy shall be punishable with imprisonment of up to 7 years or with which may extend up to 5 million rupees or both.

Under Section 22, punishment of up to seven years or fine up to 5 million rupees or both has been prescribed for the offence of producing, distributing or transmitting pornographic material showing underage girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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