Recently a strict decision was made in the small valleys of Kashmir that all the WhatsApp users of the region will have to register their groups with police within a small period of just 10 days. WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging application in India and each every person is no stranger to it. It has made the lives of people very easy and is connecting loved ones over the distance now. So why is such useful application will have to be registered now when it is beneficial for everyone?
The first order to make the police registration of WhatsApp groups compulsory in Kashmir valley was announced on Tuesday by the state government under the condition of highly tensed Kashmir over the death of five civilians in police firing and the spread of this news through local WhatsApp groups. Along with this, the government has stopped the employees from criticizing the legal policies of the app and has said that the admin of such WhatsApp group will be blamed for the spread of such news.
“There are many unauthorised news groups on WhatsApp that disseminate news,” said Asghar Samoon, divisional commissioner, Kashmir. “It’s not restricted to just chatting, they have thousands of followers who post news without verification and many times lead to law and order problems.“
The government only want the spread of proper and verified news through the public which doesn’t create a problem later for the state just like this news did. Around after a week of police firing in Handwara, angry mobs clashed with police leading into violence and injury of many civilians and police officers, especially in the district of north Kashmir’s Kupwara.
In an order approved on 18th April, the district magistrate wrote,“government employees serving in the district are directed to restrain from making any comments/remarks with regard to the government policies and decision of the government on the WhatsApp news groups running in the district and if anyone is found involved in such activities, strict action will be initiated against them as required under the rules’’.
The government hopes that every citizen and government official will comply with this order and the rumors and unverified news which simmers the public will never be spread again.