4 Men Held for Harassing Barkha Dutt, Sent to Judicial Custody
File photo of Barkha Dutt.
File photo of Barkha Dutt. (Photo Courtesy: World Economic Forum)

4 Men Held for Harassing Barkha Dutt, Sent to Judicial Custody

The Cyber Crime Cell of the Delhi Police has arrested four men in connection with an FIR filed by senior journalist Barkha Dutt, after she faced threats and harassment on social media.

“A team was formed and police, using technical surveillance, arrested the men, identified as Rajiv Sharma (23), Hemraj Kumar (31) and Aditya Kumar (34) from Delhi and Shabbir Gurfan Pinjari (45), a resident of Surat,” reported The Indian Express, quoting sources. All four have been sent to 14-day judicial custody.

Dutt, reacting to the arrests, said that the Delhi Police are yet to act against at least 10 other grave offenders.

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An FIR was registered on 21 February, under IPC sections 354-D (stalking), 506 (threatening), 507 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy), and sections 67 and 67-A (publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act) of the IT Act.

According to the newspaper, Sharma is a student pursuing his graduation from a private university in Delhi, while hemraj is a chef in the city. Kumar, who is also a resident of Delhi and a sales exeutive, Pinjari reportedly works in a butcher's shop in Surat.

On 19 February, Dutt took to Twitter to post a statement:

The National Commission For Women (NCW) had then written to Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik to initiate "speedy investigation" into the alleged harassment of the journalist.

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(With inputs from The Indian Express)

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