FIR towards AltNews co-founder for ‘threatening, torturing’ woman via Twitter


New Delhi, September 6

The Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell has registered an FIR towards AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair for allegedly “threatening and torturing a girl child through Twitter”, officers mentioned on Sunday.

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

Zubair, nevertheless, refuted the allegations.

“This is an absolutely frivolous complaint. I will be responding to it legally,” he mentioned.

The criticism filed by the NCPCR refers to a photograph 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 photograph, the complainant mentioned that she might get recognized as her grandfather’s face was recognisable.

The NCPCR, within the criticism, mentioned the fee took cognizance of criticism obtained beneath part 13 (1) ) and (okay) of CPCR Act, 2005, as within the criticism the image of a minor woman is seen to be circulated and posted by numerous Twitter handles with indecent and disgraceful remarks/feedback, which appears to be a cognizable offence and requires fast 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.

Kanoongo mentioned he’s in search of motion beneath 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 online harassing, threatening and stalking a minor girl,” he mentioned.

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

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.” PTIĀ 



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