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An Indian man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly posting derogatory and vulgar content about Indian politician Sonia Gandhi on Google's social networking site, Orkut. 22-year-old Rahul Krishnakumar Vaid had posted his comments in an Orkut community called "I hate Sonia Gandhi" through an Orkut account associated with his Gmail account. With Google's help, local authorities were able to verify Vaid's identity and make the arrest.

Vaid was charged under the Indian Penal Code as well as the Information Technology Act, according to expressindia. Perhaps surprisingly, the creator of the "I hate Sonia Gandhi" group was left alone, as hating prominent politicians is not illegal in India. Posting vulgar comments about that someone is, however, leading authorities to pursue Vaid.

Google admitted today that it had forked over Vaid's information after it was requested by Indian law enforcement. A spokesperson for Google told IDG News Service that, while the company is committed to protecting user privacy, it must obey local laws and legal processes.
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Did they rename China to India?
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God, India is very nazi-ish
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Did they rename China to India?
At least they won't send him to prision for 10 years... maybe.
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Wow...I hate on a lot of people pretty much hourly. The people at work, my neighbours and, oh yes, politicians. It's crazy how much freedom we have here compared to other countries.
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30 lashes with a bamboo stick by a martial arts expert! (oh wait, this isn't Singapore.....)
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That law is very odd IMO. They can say they hate the politician, but can't post anything vulgar about them.

Well Google is just following the law. If some child molester here was using Google to get kids, I'm glad to know they would cooperate with the authorities.
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wth. ....This is pretty dumb....=|
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post #9 of 14
That was an insult of a person, not political criticism, so the punishment has a reason...
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rediculous

This, among other things, is what makes them part of our worlds anus.
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