The Sonepat police have lodged a first information report (FIR) against unknown persons under the Information Technology (IT) Act for allegedly circulating morphed pictures of Sonepat sisters Pooja and Aarti, who who had thrashed three boys on board a moving bus alleging molestation near Rohtak around six months ago, on the social media.
Following directions from the inspector general (IG) of police, Rohtak, the police have logded a fresh FIR in the case at the Kharkhoda police station under sections 354-D, 509 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 67, 67-A of the IT Act against the unknown persons. However, the police have not made any arrest yet.
For the past couple of weeks, the girls along with their father Rajesh Kumar have met to top police officials, including IG Rohtak Shrikant Jadhav and superintendent of police (SP) Shashank Anand, complaing that morphed pictures were still being uploaded on Facebook and WhatsApp. The girls also accused the police of going slow on the case. "The the police could have prevent us from social shame if they had acted seriously on our first complaint," they said.
DON'T TRUST LIE DETECTOR TEST
The Sonepat sisters don't have trust in the report of the lie detector test conducted at Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in December last year. "We have not received the copy of the report, but we came to know that accused have already accessed the report. What is the authenticity of the report as it has already been leaked," they said.
However, sources said that lab handed over the polygraph test report to the investigating authorities a few days after the test was conducted on December 18, 19 and 22. When contacted, Rohtak SP Shashank Anand said: "It's is a detailed report and cannot be concluded within one or two lines. But whenever required, we will submit the report in the court. We cannot disclose its contents to the media," he said.
POLICE PROMISE COOPERATION
"We have ordered a fresh FIR under the IT Act," Rohtak IG Shrikant Jadhav told Hindustan Times. "WhatsApp is a different application and beyond the control of security agencies, but we are investigating their allegations," he added.
Assuring all support to the girls, Rohtak SP Shashank Anand said: "All the material related to the probe has been handed over to the crime branch, which is investigating the case now, but the police are providing all support to the girls."
GIRLS ALLEGE SOCIAL HARASSMENT
From the Right to Information (RTI) application seeking their migration record from the Government College for Women, Rohtak, and uploading of the morphed pictures at the social networking websites, the girls said they were facing social harassment because they had dared to object to the molestation on a moving bus. "We doubt that some influential people are supporting the accused. It's a move to pressure us for a compromise, that's is why our photos are being uploaded on websites," said Pooja.
The sisters' advocate, Attar Singh Panwar, said: "Though the probe in the alleged molestation on a moving bus has been handed over the crime branch, we are fighting the case in the court as well." When asked about the uploading of morphed pictures of the girls, he said: "The the involvement of the accused cannot be denied as this might be an attempt to defame the girls."