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Udaipur: How System Reacted To This 17YO’s Cyber Harassment Case

  • by Saloni Jain
  • April 11, 2017

Cyber stalking, cyber crime, cyber threats: these three words are every girls’ nightmare. Why? Because her complaints aren’t taken seriously in this country. The cops do nothing but advise them to take down their social media accounts. They don’t even consider this as an issue.

This might help you understand her trauma better.

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This is what recently happened in Udaipur, Rajasthan. A 17-year old minor was getting unsought messages on her Instagram by somebody with ‘aryan6687‘ as his user-ID. He went on to blackmail her with an online morphed naked photo of hers and asked her to meet him on facebook. Like every other scared teenager, she told her parents about it. Reacting to their daughter’s torment, they went to Dhan Mandi police station, Udaipur to lodge a complaint. And the cops told the minor and her father that such complaints were taken by the cyber cell. When they went to Surajpole branch of the cyber cell, they were told that the cyber cell only addressed complaints related to ATM thefts. Upon being called to Dhan Mandi police station again to meet a senior officer, he went on to morally lecture the father about “the Bohra community giving too much freedom to their children which is why such incidents take place” instead of taking due actions and lodging a complaint. She was further advised to delete her social media accounts in order to be safe. They didn’t even file an FIR as the procedure would be long and resource-consuming.

The victims once again followed up for complaint, which were met with nonchalant replies, and on further questioning, the circle inspector said that he cannot respond to so many questions after which he hung up the phone and did not respond to further telephone calls. When the victims reported to a senior female official, she, on condition of anonymity said, “This is how the police force is…they are old and not digitally educated…each one cannot be trained by me”. However one of the sisters’ of the victim decided to put everything on her Facebook asking for help which was shared on Twitter as well. This is what she posted: https://www.facebook.com/saleha.pw/posts/1300018730053279   And thank god! Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi responded and took the matter into her own hands tweeting regarding the same.

*waiting for the day when issues like these get solved without involvement of ministers*

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