FIR towards AltNews co-founder for ‘threatening, torturing’ woman, he denies fees

New Delhi, September 6

The Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell has registered an FIR towards fact-check web site AltNews cofounder Mohammed Zubair for allegedly “threatening and torturing a woman little one by way of Twitter”, officers mentioned on Sunday.

Zubair refuted the allegation as “an absolutely frivolous complaint”, and AltNews backed him, saying his work “hurts those who have weaponised misinformation to subvert the Indian democracy”.

The FIR was registered below provisions of the Information Technology Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) on a criticism acquired from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), a senior police officer mentioned.

The NCPCR criticism refers back to the picture of a woman and her grandfather shared by Zubair on Twitter throughout an internet spat with the minor’s father.

Though the woman’s face was blurred out within the picture, she mentioned she might get recognized as her grandfather’s face was recognisable.

The NCPCR mentioned it took cognisance of the criticism acquired below part 13 (1)) and (okay) of CPCR Act, 2005, as a minor woman’s image is seen to be circulated and posted by numerous Twitter handles with indecent and disgraceful remarks/feedback, which appears to be a cognisable offence and requires speedy registration of an FIR.

“You look into the matter and take prompt action in respect to the Twitter handle and posts harassing, threatening and stalking the minor girl. Further, you were also requested to ensure safety of girl child and initiate appropriate action against the alleged perpetrators,” NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo mentioned in his letter to the Delhi police.

Kanoongo mentioned he’s searching for motion below POCSO/related acts towards “online threats and repeated incident of stalking of a minor girl on Twitter by Zubair”.

“As per the complaint, Mohammed Zubair bearing Twitter handle zoo_bear online harassing, threatening and stalking a minor girl,” he mentioned.

He has additionally written to Twitter India to take motion into the matter.

Zubair responded by saying, “This is an absolutely frivolous complaint. I will be responding to it legally.” AltNews in a statement said “An try is being made to hound co-founder of AltNews, Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) by way of misuse of authorized equipment. Alt News stands by Mohammed Zubair. Zubair has been within the forefront of combating pretend narratives, and his work hurts those that have weaponised misinformation to subvert the Indian democracy.”

On Saturday, the NCPCR chief had tweeted, “According to the ATR received in @NCPCR_ ,an FIR has been lodged against the alleged persons for threatening and torturing a girl child on @Twitter. As per the request made by @TwitterIndia an additional time of 10 days has been provided to them to provide relevant information.” PTI

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