Published by: Dev Kashyap
Updated Fri, 04 Jun 2021 12:54 AM IST
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This is the first case of its kind in France when it is being prosecuted for intimidation, harassment and discrimination through the Internet. In fact, a new law has been implemented in France this year, according to which crimes committed through online means will be prosecuted.
All those who have been arrested for threatening the teenager are said to be in the age group of 18 to 35 years. If found guilty, he could face a fine of 30,000 euros and two years in prison. Some of those taken into custody are accused of making death threats, for which they could face up to three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.
In fact, a teenager named Meela, who is now 18 years old, made objectionable remarks regarding Islam and Quran on social media app Instagram and video sharing app Tik-Talk last year. After this, some people had threatened to kill Mila, keeping in mind that the government had also provided security to Mila. Mila had to change school as well.
French President Emmanuel Macron has defended Mila’s right to blasphemy. Significantly, in France, freedom of expression is a recognized right as a fundamental right. Blasphemy is not a crime in France. Some Muslims believe that their country has misrepresented their religious practices.