Delhi lawyer sends legal notice to Whatsapp; heres why

advocate has sent in a legal notice to Whatsapp over this issue

Delhi lawyer sends legal notice to Whatsapp; heres why

An advocate has demanded that popular social media platform Whatsapp removes middle finger emoji as it is offensive and lewd gesture.

The advocate has sent in a legal notice to Whatsapp over this issue.

The demand has been made that this particular emoji be removed within a fortnight time.

Gurmeet Singh, who practises as a lawyer in city courts in national capital, said showing the middle finger is not only illegal but an obscene and lewd gesture — an offence in India.

“As per the Indian Penal Code Sections 354 and 509, it is an offence to show obscene, lewd, offensive gestures to females. Use of a lewd, offensive, obscene gesture by anyone is hereby illegal also as aforesaid. As per section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994 showing of the middle finger is also an offence in Ireland,” Mr Singh stated in his notice.

Therefore, it is requested that the middle finger emoji or character or photo must be removed from WhatsApp within 15 days from the date of the present legal notice, it said, threatening to file civil or criminal cases if the app fails to remove it.

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