HT Poll | Molesters shamed on social media: Is this fair justice?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 25, 2015 13:25 IST

A student in Delhi alleged that a man abused her on the road and then challenged her to complain against him after posing for her mobile phone camera.

"A man made obscene comments at me today (Sunday) at around 8pm near Aggarwal, Tilak Nagar. He was on a silver Royal Enfield, vehicle number DL 4S CE 3623. When I told him I am clicking his picture and I'm going to file a complaint against him, he responded by posing for a picture and said, "Jo kar sakti hai kar le. Complaint karke dikha, fir dekhiyo kya karta hun main (Do whatever you like. Complain and see what I do then)," Jasleen Kaur said in her Facebook post.

She said what disturbed her more than the obscene remarks was that 20 passers-by heard what the accused said and no one intervened. "No one stood up for me," the complainant said.

Within 14 hours of posting the picture on Facebook, police registered the FIR on charges of sexual harassment, criminal intimidation and use of word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman and the accused was arrested.

There has been a rise in the number of sexual harassment reports on social media. More and more people are taking to the platform to share experiences of harassment.

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