The Cyber Crime Cell of the Delhi Police has arrested four men in connection with an FIR filed by senior journalist Barkha Dutt, after she faced threats and harassment on social media.
“A team was formed and police, using technical surveillance, arrested the men, identified as Rajiv Sharma (23), Hemraj Kumar (31) and Aditya Kumar (34) from Delhi and Shabbir Gurfan Pinjari (45), a resident of Surat,” reported The Indian Express, quoting sources. All four have been sent to 14-day judicial custody.
Dutt, reacting to the arrests, said that the Delhi Police are yet to act against at least 10 other grave offenders.
Dear @DCP_CCC_Delhi @DelhiPolice @CPDelhi - thanks for four arrests made for sexual abuse, death threat, stalking, nude pix & violence, Id like to underline you are yet to act against at least 10 other grave offenders. My statement before the magistrate is on record. Please Act.— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) March 20, 2019
An FIR was registered on 21 February, under IPC sections 354-D (stalking), 506 (threatening), 507 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), and sections 67 and 67-A (publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act) of the IT Act.
According to the newspaper, Sharma is a student pursuing his graduation from a private university in Delhi, while hemraj is a chef in the city. Kumar, who is also a resident of Delhi and a sales exeutive, Pinjari reportedly works in a butcher's shop in Surat.
On 19 February, Dutt took to Twitter to post a statement:
I had close to 1000 abusive messages and calls in a Cordinated and violent mob attack. These included a message to shoot me, a nude photo, many sexually abusive messages. I outed the men who did this. Twitter locked me till many of the details were taken down. I wroe this to them pic.twitter.com/XRyx9xbjcV— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 19, 2019
The National Commission For Women (NCW) had then written to Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik to initiate "speedy investigation" into the alleged harassment of the journalist.
(With inputs from The Indian Express)
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