We all know how social media can be very dangerous. From cyber-crimes to frauds to harassment, we bet you’ve heard about all of these. And especially if you’re a girl, you definitely are aware of what some perverts do on social media. A similar thing happened to a girl, who is from Udaipur. The Udaipur girl was being harassed and blackmailed by a guy, who had morphed her pictures on a naked body.
The pervert blackmailed her and threatened her to put those on social media. The panic-struck girl wasted no time and informed her parents about it, who then took the matter to police, complaining about the same. The parents of the 17-year-old girl reported the incident to Dhanmandi Police Station in Udaipur, but things didn’t really turned the way they wanted to.
The police officials initially refused to lodge the FIR, saying that this was a case that is supposed to be handled by cyber cell and mentioned that they only deal with ATM-related cyber-crimes. The elder sister of the Udaipur girl took to Facebook to share what exactly happened. This is what Saleha Paatwala wrote –
Two days back, my 17-year-old sister received an anonymous DM on Instagram. It was the picture of her face MORPHED on a naked body. He said he would post it on Facebook and tag her.
Afraid, like any minor would be, she shared the incident with my parents. Here’s how rest of the incident transpired:
– My father and sister went to the Dhanmandi police station in Udaipur to lodge an FIR
– The cops said such complaints were taken by the cyber cell
– The Suraj Pole branch of the cyber cell lodged an FIR but said they only deal with ATM-related cyber crimes
– My father and sister went back to the previous police station where they were asked to come back the next day
– Yesterday they were directed to Circle Inspector (CI) where my sister narrated the incident AGAIN to a lawyer
– The lawyer, CI, and an officer decided to morally lecture my sister and father
Officer: “Aap Bohra logo ko parents se bhaut azadi mili hui hai isliye ap logo ke sath ye bahut hota hai.” (Bohras have given their children a lot of freedom and that is why it happens).
“Why do you post pictures on social media? “What he has done with you, he will do it with others as well. You should delete your social media accounts in order to be safe.”
– They VICTIM-SHAMED my sister and tried to influence my father to stop her from using cellphones and social media accounts
Shouldn’t they be filing cases instead of telling my sister to get off social media?
She is 17 and has the privilege of education and liberal parents. This kind of brainwashing can take these away from her. More than disappointed, I am angry that, whatever happens, we end up paying the price of our freedom.
Only sharing a screenshot of the messages and not the picture.
She then also tweeted to Maneka Gandhi for her help, who then sped things up, and assured an action.
Later, on April 13, Saleha wrote on Facebook that an FIR has been lodged after the Ministry of Women and Child Development pressurised them to lodge one. She wrote –
‘Finally, an FIR has been lodged at Dhanmandi police station after 8 days of struggle. Only after the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) pressured them by sending mails and calling, they understood the urgency of the case.
The same cops who ‘suggested’ us to do away with social media accounts are now taking this case seriously after Maneka Gandhi’s tweet. How ironic!
And since then, there’s been no update. Cyber-crimes are too common these days, and our police departments need to be much more sensitive towards such cases.