March 20, 2019
Four people have been arrested by the Delhi Police cyber crime cell for allegedly harassing senior journalist Barkha Dutt online. Dutt took to Twitter to confirm reports of the arrest.
She tweeted, “Four men arrested by Delhi Police cyber cell for stalking me, sexually abusing me, sending me nude/D#ck pictures and in one case threatening to kill me. However this is not over. I have listed ten more numbers in my FIR and before a magistrate. Will follow till each one jailed.”
On February 21, Barkha Dutt had registered an FIR with the police stating that she was receiving obscene messages, pictures, threats from unknown people.
“I appear to have been made a victim of some fake news propaganda and my number has been shared on all social media platforms. I have been sent nude pictures and sexually abusive text messages. I fear for my well-being, security and life as this is a coordinated assault by a violent mob,” she mentioned in her FIR, as quoted by the Indian Express.
During the interrogation, it was revealed that the accused found Dutt’s number from social media where it was shared contact for ‘escort services’.
The FIR was reportedly registered under sections 354-D (stalking), 506 (threatening), 507 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, and sections 67 and 67-A (publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act) of the IT Act.
“A team was formed and police, using technical surveillance, arrested the men, identified as Rajiv Sharma (23), Hemraj Kumar (31) and Aditya Kumar (34) from Delhi and Shabbir Gurfan Pinjari (45), a resident of Surat,” an officer told media.