Rights and Responsibility
For Indian bloggers the burning issue may be Ajith's case. Ajith from kerala is charged for defaming Shiv Sena through his forum in orkut. You can read more about it, I am not going to tell the story again. Like Ajith case many more cases may be coming in the near future. The subject here is Violation of Fundamental rights, Freedom of expression.
Rights without responsibility is meaningless. What is right to me, may not be right to others. We are responsible for our actions. The content in the blogs can not be accidental. Everything is a conscious registry.
There is a minute difference between 'eve teasing' and seeing a girl. I may see a girl who just come on my way. If she is beautiful I may stare at her for a fraction of second as a biological reflexes. I continue to go in my way and forget the girl I just met. This may not be a crime. If I 'keep following' the girl and keep on watching her, it may be objected by her and I can be charged under eve teasing. I have to face the trial. I can not say "seeing is my fundamental rights and no law can sue me for keep starring a girl", even after she express her objection.
The worst case is, I invite my friends to watch the girl like inviting anonymous users.
Our freedom should not affect others either accidentally or consciously, at lease consciously. If affected, we should face the situation and explain our stand.
If somebody from our neighborhood take the freedom of expression to keep abusing our family members, will we ignore?
We have the right to drive our car in the road. If we hit somebody then we have to face the situation. That's all. If the law is forcing ourself to face the situation that does not mean, our right to driving is violated.
This type of charge may be new to bloggers, but it is familiar to other people/professional/organisation who are addressing the public through other media like newspaper, tv programs/advertisement, movies, novels, magazines. Blogging/website has attained the state of a powerful medium to publish. The difference is it can be easily operated by any individual than in other mediums. Blogging can not get the exception from legal issue. It is growing as more powerful medium than rest of the publishing mediums.
If you are owner of a website, you should be responsible for the contents published in your site. Since, you have the total control of your website you can edit or omit anything. Even for anonymous users, it is you who is inviting them to the 'subject matter' you initiated.
Rights without responsibility is dangerous.
Keep blogging with the awareness that we are responsible for our expression and the anonymous expressions invited and encouraged by us.
Once again, right without responsibility will go astray.