Sikkim government orders speaks of jail term for rumour mongers on COVID-19

Gangtok: Government of Sikkim has warned all those spreading false information, fake news by creating or circulating video or audio clips through social media platforms and creating panic regarding coronavirus or COVID-19, with a jail term of upto three years as per provisions of the National Disaster Management Act that is in vogue now..

“Misinformation on COVID-19, including home remedies, conspiracy theories, false government advisories, misleading video clips, audio clips forwards has exploded on the internet, Facebook and Whatsapp. With the increase in the number of positive cases in India, there has been a surge in fake news around Coronavirus in the state of Sikkim, thereby causing panic and unrest amongst the citizens.

In order to deal with all those people indulging in spreading false alarm and informing people wrongly about the severity and magnitude of the crisis, the state government has said that it could punish such people with a jail term of three years and fined too as per provisions of the National Disaster Management Act.

Sikkim has been under lockdown since March 25.

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