Preventing cheating in exams is not a reason to shut down the Internet


IFF has written to the Government of West Bengal responding to the reported Internet Shutdowns taking place from 18-27 February, 2020 across 7 districts in West Bengal as they have been purportedly passed to prevent cheating in exams. These shutdown orders lack legal basis and they violate the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Anuradha Bhasin v Union of India as well as the the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017.

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