5 booked for posting obscene pictures of two minor girls online in Batalapunjab Updated: May 19, 2017 12:36 IST
In their complaint to the police a few days back, the girls, who are also cousins, had alleged that five youths were posting morphed pictures of them on WatsApp and Facebook .(HT Representative Image)
Police on Thursday booked five youths for allegedly posting obscene pictures of two Dalit minor girls on social networking sites after their families held a protest outside the Qila Lal Singh police station here alleging inaction.
In their complaint to the police a few days back, the girls, who are also cousins, had alleged that five youths were posting morphed pictures of them on WatsApp and Facebook . Residents of Shampura village, the sisters said they asked the accused to stop circulating their morphed pictures, but the they did not pay heed to their request.
The victim said they approached the Qila Lal Singh police station and lodged a complaint against the accused, identified as Akash, Suleyman, Puna, Raju and Rahul. “Instead of taking action, Qila Lal Singh police station SHO Rachpal Singh asked to strike a compromise with the accused,” alleged kin of the victims.
“They threatened us of registering a fake case against my brother. The police then took him to the police station and kept him in illegal custody. But, when we threatened to hold a protest, the police released him”, the sisters claimed.
Speaking to HT, one of the victims said, “Today (Thursday) morning, the accused barged into our house and threatened us to withdraw the complaint. When we resisted, they tore off my clothes. We had to flee to save our lives.”
The victims said they went to Qila Lal Singh police station, but alleged that since police refused to take any action, they were forced to hold a protest. The dharna continued for two hours during which the traffic remained suspended on the Batala-Dera Baba Nanak road.
Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts, SHO Rachpal Singh has refused to comment. Batala SSP Deepak Hilori said police have registered a case under Section 354 (sexual harassment), 506 (Criminal intimidation), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed) against the accused, and added, “Teams are raiding at all possible hideouts. Soon, all accused will be behind the bars.”