Online harassment case: Kerala Chief Minister attacked Congress, said- social media is being used to target opponents
Trending News Fox, India News Desk, Kasaragod, Sep 23: A day after the arrest of a local Congress functionary for alleged online harassment of women members of the family of CPI(M) leaders, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said the targeting of political opponents is prohibited. Social media is being misused.
Attacking the Congress, senior CPI(M) leader Vijayan alleged that lakhs of rupees were being spent and special agencies were being brought into the state to influence people through social media and even mainstream media. Have been.
“Last time (assembly elections) they failed to get seats. This time, they have resorted to personal and targeted insults to spread fake news and tarnish the image of their political opponents,” Vijayan said during the inauguration of a party building. Have come prepared.” Here in Trikaripur.
Online Harassment Case: Why does online harassment go unpunished in India?
When a Mumbai court recently sent Yogesh Prabhu, 36, an executive at a private company, to jail for three months, it was a small milestone.
This was India’s first punishment for cyber-stalking after cyber laws came into force in 2000.
In March 2009, Prabhu sent a series of emails from an unknown address to a colleague who had previously rejected his offer.
“I’ll go see a movie, and then I’ll get an anonymous email saying, how was the movie, did you enjoy it?” says the woman, whose identity is protected by law.
Police traced the IP address of the sender and arrested Prabhu a month later.
However, this is not the first case of cyber-stalking in India.
It was 2001 when Manish Kathuria was arrested by Delhi Police for impersonating a woman in an internet chat room.
Kathuria was charged under a section of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for “outraging the modesty” of his victim Ritu Kohli: he pretended to be her, used obscene language, and called her home phone. Used to give numbers and invite callers. However, the IPC section did not include internet crimes, and it ultimately lapsed when a frustrated Ms Kohli moved out of India, says Pawan Duggal, a Delhi-based cyber-law expert who worked on the case.
In the 15 years since the Information Technology Act 2000 was passed, dozens of online harassment cases have been reported, but many have gone unreported.