Prime suspect in Kerala student trolling case booked
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had ordered a probe into the cyber bullying of college student, Hanan Hamid.Updated: Jul 28, 2018 17:52 IST
Kerala Police on Saturday took into custody a person alleged to have been the key tormentor of the 21-year-old Kerala student, who was trolled on social media for selling fish after college hours.
Noorudeen Sheikh is being questioned and an FIR has been registered against him, a police officer said. He has been booked under various sections of the IT Act, besides provisions attracting non-bailable offences.
Hanan Hamid, a final-year graduate student at a college near Kochi, was targeted by trolls after it came to light that she was eking out a livelihood by selling fish and also doing odd jobs as a junior artiste in films.
The college student also looks after an ailing mother, who has been separated from her husband.
Sheikh had first taken selfies with Hamid when he came to know of her struggles. Later, he posted the pictures and questioned her condition after she was also seen with superstar Mohanlal in a few pictures.
His post went viral and Hamid had to face vicious trolling.
Speaking to the media, after hearing about his arrest, Hamid said she is very happy to hear the news.
“Now I have realised that with the support I am getting from the government and my college, I have now got so many guardians,” said Hamid.
The police is tracking social media posts and warned that other people who have abused the girl would also face consequences.
Police registered a case against the accused after chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered a probe into the cyber bullying of the woman.
On Saturday, Vijayan speaking to reporters said: “The thump rule for those on the social media is to be careful with their statements.”
The Left has also come out in support of Hamid as also the women’s commission.
First Published: Jul 28, 2018 13:04 IST