Sending offensive messages through communication services could lead to big trouble. These days, there are several laws that protect the person who is being insulted by text messages. The punishment for sending offensive messages through communication services varies according to the laws of each country. In India for this type of act punishment is prescribed under Section 66A in Information Technology Act 2000.  

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 Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication services, etc.

According to Section 66A, Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,–

   (a) any information that is grossly offensive or has a menacing character; or

   (b) any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance,
inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will,
persistently by making use of such computer resources or a communication device;

  (c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or
inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such
messages shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term that may extend to three years and with a fine.


    For the purpose of this section, terms “electronic mail” and “electronic mail message”
means a message or information created or transmitted or received on a computer, computer system,
computer resource or communication device including attachments in text, images, audio, video and any other electronic record, which may be transmitted with the message.

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