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Amrita Rai seeks cops' help after her photos go viral

Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 02, 2014
First Published: 08:16 IST(2/5/2014) | Last Updated: 09:19 IST(2/5/2014)

A day after her personal photos with Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh were allegedly leaked online, journalist Amrita Rai approached Delhi Police with a formal complaint, crime branch sources said on Thursday.

Ravindra Yadav, additional commissioner of police (crime), confirmed that a case had been registered but did not say much. “We registered a case under section 66 of the Information Technology (IT) Act,” he said.

According to police officers, Rai approached the crime branch personally with a complaint on Thursday morning and alleged that her email account as well as her handle on popular microblogging site Twitter had been hacked and misused.

“The contents of my email have been posted on social networking sites on April 29,” Rai has stated in her complaint. “These are causing insult and outraging my modesty and are leading to threats to my safety,” the complaint goes on to state.

“According to her complaint, the person(s) who hacked her email also accessed her chat history. Selected data from there was then posted on the internet through her Twitter handle ‘@ amrritarai’. She claimed fake accounts had been created across cyberspace to destroy her reputation,” said an officer associated with the probe.

The police said they were in the process of contacting several US-based service providers to gather evidence on the matter and were mulling adding section 509 of the IPC (outraging the modesty of a woman) to the FIR.


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