Tura, Mar 22: A 19 year old girl from Tura was threatened with rape and murder by unruly social media users leading to the girl being traumatized to the point of fearing to even venture out of her house. Judicious intervention from friends and relatives however helped the girl overcome her fear and the filing of a police complaint against the perpetrators with the WGH police yesterday.
The incident took place in a social media page on Facebook and alarming took place on a very innocuous topic of shared cultures between two communities and how each copied from the other. According to the complaint, the girl had only agreed to a comment from another person after which she was specifically targeted by some unruly members of one particular community.
“They even went to the extent of saying she was involved in incest and was the recipient of unmentionable abuse by some members of the group. Even when she deleted her social media account, someone created a fake account in her name using a picture they had downloaded to post hate comments against another community in an effort to foment communal hatred,” said a friend of the girl.
The complaint by the girl stated that she had only clarified to a post that was demeaning to her community but immediately after she did, she started receiving abusive message and threats to the extent of rape and murder. The post was uploaded on Mar 18 and the threat came on Mar 20 at around 10:30 am.
The miscreants then went ahead and created a fake account in her name and started posting defamatory things against another community.
“This was traumatizing as she has never written anything against anyone. The entire episode has left her shell shocked and she even refused to go to college out of fear. We have informed the police on the names of the people who have been behind the episode on social media and are hoping for action against these culprits,” added the friend.
The miscreants later deleted the post and everything attached to it though the complainant has submitted screenshots of the abuse and threats.
Confirming receipt of the complaint, the SP of WGH, Dr MGR Kumar stated that a preliminary investigation into the case was on.
“We have forwarded details to the cyber cell and have asked for blocking of the accounts for now. The URLs have been collected,” confirmed Dr Kumar.