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India Bans IS
Dec 18, 2014

The terror outfit IS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has been banned in India as all outfits proscribed by the United Nations get banned here as well under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Quickly after the arrest of a youth from Maharashtra  upon his return from Iraq where he underwent some training as a fighter for Islamic State, and the arrest  thereafter of an engineer in Bengaluru for posting on the microblogging site Twitter material that praised IS and its actions, as a first step India has banned the group.

A resolution by the United Nations Security Council in August had called on UN member-states to take national measures to prevent fighters from travelling from their soil to join the groups reiterating obligations under previous counter-terrorism resolutions to prevent the movement of terrorists, as well as their supply with arms or financial support. The Intelligence Bureau had also recommended a ban on IS a few weeks ago, but India had held itself back until now as sections within the government argued that doing so might drive sympathies for the group in India underground, if any have taken hold, and that this would be a far more dangerous situation. Moreover, the group had no known operations in the country.

While the concerns around banning IS in India will remain, how such a ban will address the challenge posed by the Internet needs to be watched for implications for free speech on this medium. What is certain, though, is that the existing law under the Information Technology Act is behind the times, both in terms of addressing security concerns and protecting the rights of users.

Until now, India had held off on a ban on Islamic State, because of the group’s lack of activity in the country and worries over the fate of 39 Indian construction workers missing in Iraq this year, who are believed to be held by the group.

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