Thursday, April 18, 2024

NCPCR opposes plea by Alt News Co-founder Mohammed Zubair to quash FIR against allegedly torturing a minor girl

The plea moved by Alt News’s Co-founder Mohammed Zubair before the Delhi High Court seeking direction to quash FIR registered against him for allegedly torturing and harassing a minor girl on Twitter has been opposed by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

The NCPCR in its affidavit has told the High court that the statement by the police that no cognizable offense is made out against Md. Zubair indicates their “casual attitude”.

The plea states that  Zubair neither deleted tweets about the minor girl nor informed the concerned authorities about users indulging in sexual harassment of the girl.

The NCPCR has also stated that retweeting the photograph of a minor girl contributed to the disclosure of her identity due to which she was exposed to sexual harassment onlineas well.

The affidavit reads that the retweeting of the picture of the minor girl on Petitioner’s Twitter account exposed her to harassment on a big social media platform like Twitter wherein lewd and disgraceful comments were published about her by Twitter users.

It further says that the status report by Delhi Police clearly shows that how Zubair was trying to evade investigation & not cooperate.

Moreover, the affidavit states that according to the Kalandra issued by Patiala House Courts ,it was alleged that the Alt News Co-Founder was “harassing, threatening and stalking a minor and had also tweeted indecent and disgraceful comment on the tweet” by sharing her photograph.

The affidavit seeks direction to the Delhi Police for conducting a thorough investigation in this case and complete the same on priority.


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