Taking a cue that strict action could follow in India for depicting a wrong map of India or for not showing J&K or other parts of the country in the map, several websites and search engines have started making the amends. One of the largest online players Google, which has for years used dotted lines to portray the dispute character of J&K and Arunachal Pradesh on its maps has started making the amends and the maps are now shown without any dots. The move comes up after government of India and will introduce a bill which directed that any organization or individual showing wrong map of India could be forced to pay 1 to 100 crores as penalty and imprisonment up to 7 years. It is because of the threat of this punishment that the websites and other organizations have paid heed to repeated requests by Indian government which called for right depiction of the Indian map.
For years, Google maps used to show the two states as disputed but now the search engine maps have made amends. The draft of the ‘Geospatial Information regulation bill 2016’ will be tabled in parliament soon, and thereafter any publisher who wants to disseminate information will need government permission.
“No person shall depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries through internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form,” the draft bill states.