India, Nov. 22 -- Amid protest from the opposition, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has signed the Kerala Police Act Amendment ordinance to rein in growing cyber attacks against women and children.

The Congress-led opposition has been opposing the ordinance saying it was a move aimed at muzzling media which exposed many alleged omissions and commissions recently. According to the latest ordinance, a police officer can suo motu register a case against the accused and arrest him.

Unlike the defamation case (Sections 499 and 500 of the India Penal Code) which needs a genuine petitioner, the proposed amendment makes it a cognizable offence and any person can file a complaint or a police officer can register a case suo motu against the ac...