Internet access is a basic right: Kerala High Court

The Kerala High Court ruled on Thursday that the right to access Internet using mobile phone is a fundamental right under the Constitution. Justice P.V. Asha, in a landmark judgment, also said it was part of the right to privacy and the right to education.

The court passed the verdict in a petition filed by Faheema Sherin, a third semester student of B.A. (English) of Sree Narayana College, Chelannur, Kozhikode, challenging her expulsion from the college hostel for violating the restrictions on using the mobile phone from 6 pm to 10 pm. every day. The petitioner challenged the restriction on the ground that it was adversely impacting her access to information and study materials.

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Kerala HC says access to Internet a fundamental right, quashes college’s restriction on cell usage
In a significant verdict, the Kerala High Court on Thursday held enforcement of discipline shall not be by blocking the ways and means of students to acquire knowledge, as it directed readmission of a girl student expelled from her college hostel for opposing a regulation on the use of mobile phone.

The court allowed the petition filed by the 18-year old undergraduate student of an aided college under the Calicut University,challenging her expulsion from the hostel for unwilling to obey the rules prohibiting inmates of girls hostel from using mobile phones between 6 pm and 10 pm.

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