Recently, people appear to have been getting more touchy and annoyed by easily overlooked details. Presently, a Delhi advocate evidently found the ‘middle finger’ emoticon in WhatsApp hostile. He felt free to sent a legal notice on Tuesday, December 26, to the web-based application organization requesting that it expel the emoticon within 15 days.
Gurmeet Singh is a Delhi based legal counselor who rehearses in city courts, and as per him demonstrating the middle finger was illicit as well as a disgusting and lascivious signal, and it’s an offense in India.
In his notice, Singh said, “…showing of middle finger is not only offensive but a highly belligerent, invasive, obscene, lewd gesture.”
“As per the Indian Penal Code Sections 354 and 509, it is an offence to show obscene, lewd, offensive gestures to women. Use of a lewd, offensive, obscene gesture by anyone is hereby illegal also as aforesaid. As per Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, 1994, showing of the middle finger is also an offence in Ireland,” the notice read.
“By offering to use middle finger emoji in your app, you (WhatsApp Inc) are directly abetting the use of offensive, lewd, obscene gesture,” it read.
Based on this contention, Gurmeet Singh in his notice requested that WhatsApp expel the middle finger emoticon from the application within 15 days. And if the organization declines to do as such, he undermined to record common or criminal arguments against WhatsApp.
It might be noticed that WhatsApp isn’t the primary platform to have a ‘middle finger’ emoticon. Google Hangouts has middle finger emoticon too.
Whatsapp is yet to react on the issue.