The Hyderabad police has arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly making vulgar comments on social media about Madhuri*, the Hyderabad based veterinary doctor who was gangraped and murdered on November 27. The police on Tuesday arrested Chavan Sriram for his alleged comments on Facebook about the deceased.
The Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police on November 30 had taken up a suo-moto case against an unknown person for uploading Madhuri's photos with vulgar and objectionable messages. The accused, Sriram, was allegedly circulating derogatory messages using Facebook profiles under the name Stalin Sriram and others, read their press statement.
All the three commissionerates in Hyderabad – Hyderabad police, Rachakonda police and Cyberabad police – on Saturday received complaints about a few Facebook users who were encouraging rape openly. Some justified the crime while a few made vulgar comments about the deceased.
Speaking to TNM, the police had made it clear that such offenders could be prosecuted under the Information Technology Act coupled with IPC sections of 509 IPC (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).
The Rachakonda Cyber Crimes ACP, S Harinath had earlier told TNM that the department had reached out to Facebook for details of these users. The police upon investigation found that the accused are from Andhra Pradesh, and their Facebook accounts had gone inactive.
The Additional DCP Cyber Crimes Hyderabad, KCS Raghu Vir had also earlier said that they were following up with Facebook for their cooperation in this regard.
The exact sections under which the 22-year-old has been booked are unclear at the moment.
Meanwhile, a complaint has been lodged with the She Team, Cyberabad, against a person called Anilkumar Ambala for allegedly making insensitive comments on ex MP K Kavitha on Facebook. Dr Vijaya Kesari from Hyderabad lodged the complaint on Monday. The man had allegedly said that Kavitha, who is also the Telangana CM's daughter, should get the same "treatment" as the Hyderabad vet since he felt the government was not doing enough.
Speaking to TNM, Dr Vijaya Kesari said, "It's highly atrocious and insensitive to make such comments on a woman and a politician who is in public life. How can they make such comments when they claim to be standing for justice for the victim?"