Monday, October 4, 2010

In the news: Cyber violence in India

A few days ago, I posted a link that highlights the growing threat of cyber violence against women.

Here's a scarily similar story from Jaipur:

Jaipur: Denied dowry, man attempts to defame wife on Orkut

Jaipur: In a shocking incident, a vengeful man created his former wife's Orkut profile, complete with her mobile number and her parent's address, where she is currently residing, to defame her. The matter came to light, when the unassuming victim started getting vulgar calls, some even international ones, seeking sexual favours.

Harassed by the offensive phone calls, the victim's brother lodged a legal complaint under section 156 of the CRPC against the man, identified as Shekhar, at the Mahesh Nagar police station on Saturday evening.

Quoting the FIR, an investigating officer, said, "The victim and Shekhar tied the knot on April 25, 2005. Soon after, Shekhar started harassing his wife for dowry. When she refused to meet his demands, Shekhar forced her out and married another woman. Shekhar then created his former wife's a fake profile, including her cell number and residential address, on Orkut. She then started getting vulgar phone calls, from India and even from abroad."

Asked what kind of favours the callers demanded from the victim and her family, a police officer, on the condition of anonymity, said, "They asked her for sexual favours and several other objectionable things." Meanwhile, the police have started investigating into the matter and in due course would invite the family to know if the claims made are authentic.

"We will call them to the police station to verify the facts. If found true, Shekhar would be arrested," an officer said.

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