Journalist Barkha Dutt on Tuesday alleged that she had been receiving threat calls for her reportage on the JNU row after which the police registered an FIR at South Delhi’s Greater Kailash police station.
Dutt appeared before the metropolitan magistrate court at Saket to record her statement.
In her complaint, she said that she had received a call from a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) number and the caller threatened to kill her.
She stated that the caller threatened her thrice before disconnecting the call and gave no answers when she asked for his name. She reported the matter to the police following which a case under section 354 D (stalking) was registered, police said.
“On the basis of the journalist’s claims, an FIR under relevant sections of IPC was registered against the unknown person and investigation is underway. We are trying to track down the number and the system from where the call was generated. Efforts were being made to trace the IP address of the caller.,” a senior police officer said.
Dutt tweeted later in the day, “Many of you asked - Yes Post FIR I appeared today at Metropolitan Magistrate Court to give a statement against stalking, death threat & abuse.”
At a public event organised by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) she said that in the past few days she had been receiving calls on telephone from an unknown person who had been threatening her of “rape, sexual abuse and even shooting ”.
Speaking at the event, Barkha said that she has been covering stories of women who are victims of crimes but in the past few days, she got a somehow first hand experience of this when she got these threat calls.