Digital detoxification: Court asks student to take 2-months sabbatical from social media

Representational image. Courtesy: New Indian Express

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh High Court’s Gwalior bench granted bail to an 18-year-old student, but with a condition. He will have to take a two-month sabbatical from social media for ‘digital detoxification’.

The court directed Harendra Tyagi to submit a monthly report about his “digital detoxification” at the police station concerned. The court also ordered the high school pass out to complete his studies for the Pre-Agriculture Test (PAT).

According to his counsel, Tyagi went out of his home during the lockdown to buy some tobacco. And, he got into a fight with a shopkeeper in Bhind district. Following the incident, the police arrested him.

He has been in custody since June 24. The police charged him with voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation among other sections of the IPC.

The counsel, Sushant Tiwari, submitted to the court that his client has learnt a lesson the hard way. He pleaded that given the COVID-19 pandemic the case must be considered sympathetically.

Exit all social media groups

After hearing the arguments, the judge granted bail to the accused with some conditions.

The court directed the accused to exit all social media groups. And, he should not be present on any social media platform for two months for “digital detoxification”.

The order read, “Every month the applicant will submit a report about his digital detoxification at the police station concerned. And any default shall disentitle him from benefit of bail.” The court also directed the accused to furnish a personal bond of ₹ 50,000, along with one solvent surety of like amount for his release on bail.


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