It’s all for a finger! At least, in this case, it’s all for the middle finger. Maybe it’s hard to believe but the mobile messaging app, WhatsApp in India gets a legal notice from an advocate, asking to remove it within 15 days.
Gurmeet Singh, a practicing lawyer of city courts in Delhi, have regarded the middle finger not only to be illegal but also as an obscene and lewd gesture, terming it as an offense in India.
The legal notice sent by him read that, “Showing off the 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 offense 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 off the middle finger is also an offense in Ireland. By offering to use middle finger emoji in your app, you (WhatsApp Inc) are directly abetting the use of offensive, lewd, obscene gesture”.
Thereby the notice requested that the middle finger emoji or character or photo must be removed from WhatsApp within 15 days from the date of the present legal notice, and threatening to file civil or criminal cases if the app fails to remove it.