The Special Cell, Delhi Police, has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against unknown persons after taking cognisance of a video of a Clubhouse conversation with vulgar and derogatory remarks against Muslim women was posted on Twitter.
The FIR has been filed under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 153A (promoting disharmony), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), and 354A (sexual harassment), DCP (IFSO) KPS Malhotra told The Quint, adding that no complaint had been submitted to the police regarding the matter.
A notice has been sent to Clubhouse to share details of the room, and of members who were a part of it. The police is awaiting a response from Clubhouse, Malhotra told The Quint.
This comes hours after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Tuesday, 18 January, issued notice to Delhi Police’s Cyber Crime cell seeking for an FIR to be filed against people for making the obscene remarks against Muslim women on audio-chat application Clubhouse.
As per the DCW, the video of the conversation was posted on Twitter, after which they took cognisance of the same and asked the Delhi Police to submit a detailed report on action taken to the commission within five days.
Stating that someone had tagged her on the detailed audio conversation “which targeted Muslim women and girls and made disgusting sexual comments against them,” DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal said, “I feel outraged over the fact that such incidents are going on increasing in the country. Strongest action needs to be taken against the culprits and that’s why I have issued a Notice to Delhi Police seeking immediate FIR and arrests in the matter.”
Further, the DCW sought a copy of the FIR from the police as well as the “details of the accused identified and arrested in the matter.”
It also asked the police to state its reasons if no accused had been arrested.