Whitewashing limit rows: India seeks to levy large fines for ‘wrong’ maps

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Lists seven-year jail tenure among penalties, mandates chartering for maps. PHOTO: AFP

Lists seven-year jail tenure among penalties, mandates chartering for maps. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: Anyone distributing a map that a Indian supervision deems to be “wrong” could be probable for a billion-rupee ($15 million) excellent and jail time underneath a new breeze check published this week.

Maps are a rarely supportive emanate in India, that has long-running limit disputes with several of a neighbours, many famously over a divided Himalayan segment of Kashmir.

“No chairman shall depict, disseminate, tell or discharge any wrong or fake topographic information of India including general bounds by Internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or earthy form,” a breeze Geospatial Information Regulation Bill says.

The bill, that is adult for open consultation, was published on a home ministry’s website on Wednesday and lists penalties, including a jail tenure of adult to 7 years and a excellent of INR1 billion rupees.

New Delhi already imposes parsimonious restrictions on maps though if it becomes law, a check would levy specific penalties for a initial time, including for online use. The new check also states that a looseness will be indispensable to “acquire, disseminate, tell or distribute” maps.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2016.

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