The recent arrest of Priyanka Sharma in West Bengal stirred social media users across the country. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered the prompt release of BJP worker Priyanka Sharma, who was arrested for sharing a meme of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Priyanka’s release would, however, be subject to her offering a written apology.
After the Supreme Court’s direction, several lawyers across the nation pointed out how the decision in Priyanka Sharma’s case could be misused for arresting people for posting memes till they tender an apology. Therefore, the Supreme Court has also decided to form a Central Board of Meme Certification (CBMC) to review all matters related to memes, caricatures, gifs and funny videos.
“As it is we are extremely occupied deciding important matters like the height of Janmasthami Matka, classification of chappals as sandals, interfering with Diwali celebrations and delaying the Ayodhya Ram Mandir verdict. We need a separate body for meme petitions,” said a judge.
The Central Board of Meme Certification is expected to consist of 5 Trinamool Party members and headed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself. Later on, the body shall expand its jurisdiction to review standup shows and passing jokes as well.
“If your joke is funny, you might be given a chance to be as famous as Priyanka Sharma. And if its really really funny, your name could even be taken during the Parliamentary proceedings!” said Brien, who is expected to be a prominent meme-inspector.