Monday, January 27, 2014

Kerala woman kills herself over ‘obscene’ Facebook messages

Kerala woman kills herself over ‘obscene’ Facebook messages
Representational image. Reuters
The death of a 27-year-old woman in Kerala is being blamed on obscene Facebook posts and the failure of local police to act on her complaint about them.
 The victim, identified as Vijitha, was found hanging in her residence in Cheranaloor near Kochi by her husband on Sunday night.
 New Indian Express report quoted an unnamed neighbour of the victim as saying that she had filed a case with the local police around two months back against a man for posting obscene messages about her on Facebook. CNN-IBN quotedunnamed family members as saying that the police hadn’t taken action on the complaint.

The report quoted local police officials as saying that a case was not registered due to lack of evidence and the matter had been settled amicably after the accused, identified as Ratheesh, and she were called to discuss the matter.

“We got an oral complaint, following which we called Ratheesh and Vijitha to the police station. Following which Ratheesh had deleted obscene posts about her from Facebook. It is not correct to say that the police had not taken any action,” G Vidhyadhara Kumar, an official from the Cheranaloor police station, was quoted as saying by the New Indian Express.

The woman had reportedly approached the police seeking a complaint under Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act be filed against the accused. She also filed a petition in the Kerala High Court on 15 January and the police have yet to file their reply in the case.

However, her family has alleged that Ratheesh had been harassing Vijitha with text messages as well. Ratheesh’s family is allegedly involved in a legal battle over a plot of land with the victim’s family.

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