Delhi Schoolboy in Police Custody Over ‘Boys Locker Room’ Chat Row

The boys allegedly shared morphed photos of underage girls in the chat group, body shaming and slut shaming them.

Updated05 May 2020, 02:35 PM IST
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A Delhi schoolboy has been taken into custody by the police on Monday, 4 May, over the controversial Instagram chat group ‘Boys Locker Room.’

“We have apprehended one minor boy last night in this case,” a Delhi Police source told The Quint.

With hundreds of boys from south Delhi, the group was allegedly used for sharing photos of underage girls, objectifying them, and promoting rape culture, revealed a user on Twitter on Sunday, 3 May.

The boys allegedly shared morphed photos of underage girls, body shaming and slut shaming them.

More Chat Members Identified, Questioned

The Delhi Police (Crime Branch Cell) had earlier taken cognisance of the matter and filed a case under the IT Act and relevant sections of IPC on the basis of social media posts.

In a statement, the Delhi Police said that the platform Instagram has been asked to provide details of all the accounts that were members of the group.

Further, 10 members of the group have been identified. While those who are above 18 years of age are being questioned by the cops, the minor members are being dealt with as per the provisions of Juvenile Justice Act.

Further action will be taken on the basis of material evidence that is gathered in course of investigation, the cops said.

In a separate incident, another screenshot that has gone viral claimed that underage boys were ‘planning gang rape’ and had made other such crude statements. Messages promoting rape culture, like “We can rape her easily” and “I will come whenever you say. We will gang rape her,” were allegedly discussed on the Snapchat group. The Quint is unable to independently verify this claim.

(This copy will be updated with more details).

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Published: 05 May 2020, 03:45 AM IST
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