Introduction The internet relay chat also known as real time chat where one communicate with another person one to one in the presence of internet access. This network is of client-server protocol Which means their was a system (laptop, computer) or Mobile phone which act as client where person have to download application to communicate ,and need of internet server to chat online. This protocol was first created by Jarkko Oikarinen in year 1988.
This application provides a big platform for online textual communication where many people come together and exchange lots of information through documents, videos and images. Also large number of people come together in a one group and they can communicate with each other as well as they can communicate privately.IRC is a god father of many online chatting application like WhatsApp , Facebook messenger.
Chatting Chat means to have an communication with someone at a same time in presence of server . email is not considered as an chatting platform , similarly text messages also not come under online chatting. Here we can communicate in all over the world which make our day to day life easier but it becomes dangerous too as lots of information can be shared easily their was fear of loosing data easily. Sometimes we also see that a serious crime and rape cases come too because people trust easily without knowing person personally.
Legal provisions for internet relay chat As the communication become faster and easier it causes spread of many illegal or fake information which prima facia shows everything general but as one go in depth of information find everything was illegal or fake. So, this illegal information comes under cyber crime and know as internet relay chat crimes. Which were registered under IT ACT 2000 and the person will be charged with some punishments as prescribed under the Act. But to find a accused isn’t it an easy task because that comes from all over the world .
Recently we see so many cases where lots of fake information transmitted through fake videos and messages on online platform at the time of CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2019. Where people come Infront to show their haterate towards the govt.decision without knowing the actual reason for that move. Some messages puts a misconception towards the government which causes lots of damage to the country and loss of life’s just because of one single message.
Problems The major problem arises that people don’t know how to seek help for these crimes even some of them don’t even know phishing , stalking,pronography etc. were crimes .There was a need of giving more information toward these crimes. Some people lodge complain against these crimes and get remedy too . Moreover, person have to take precautions while using these applications as they can put themselves in lot of troubles too. There are many organisations are running to spread knowledge about these crimes and help them to face these situation as well as they tell precautionary steps one should take to avoid such troubles one of these organisations is CCITO (cyber crimes and internal thread obviation solutions)
Case laws:- Vinod Dua Vs union of India The case concerns an FIR filed against the journalist for his YouTube show telecast on March 30. The FIR, registered in Kumarsain outside Shimla, accused Mr. Dua of blaming the government about its COVID-19 preparedness and alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “garnered votes through acts of terrorism.. Charge put on them of sedition 124A IPC sedition through YouTube channel. The Supreme Court today pulled up the Himachal Pradesh Police for failing to file the investigation reports pertaining to the sedition case filed against journalist Vinod Dua. Footnotes:- - http://cybcrime.blogspot.com/2012/08/seriousness-of-irc-crime.html?m=1
(b) SC 2020